Charles Town Things to Do

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    Visiting the 50s - a Retro Experience

    by btchakir Written May 28, 2009

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    Driving from my home in nearby Shepherdstown, WV, to downtown Charles Town, I came across Bars and Booths at 200 West Washington Street. A store that's sort of like a museum (I was told they do virtually 100% of their sales online all over the world at http://BITW.com - Back in Time Warehouse - and at their namesake http://barsandbooths.com.)

    Here in 4000 square feet of showroom you find restored Coca Cola machines, antique Gas Pumps, tose coin operated kiddie rides we grew up with in front of department stores at the mall, Juke Boxes large and small, soda fountains, bar stools, diner booth setups, a terrific collection of signs and much more.

    One of the women who does the phone sales told me they always welcome observers to come in and look at this unique collection of 50s Retro furniture and decor, which they sell to designers, homeowners and commercial establishments all over the world (there are hundreds of examples of installations on their web sites.)

    So if you are traveling near the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, make it a point to stop in at Bars and Booths. I guarantee you have never seen anything like it. It's open (FREE) Mon through Fri from 9am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

    -Bill Tchakirides

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    Visiting the 50s - a Retro Experience

    by btchakir Updated May 28, 2009

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    50s Soda Fountain installation at Bars and Booths.
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    Driving from my home in nearby Shepherdstown, WV, to downtown Charles Town, I came across Bars and Booths at 200 West Washington Street. A store that's sort of like a museum (I was told they do virtually 100% of their sales online all over the world at http://BITW.com - Back in Time Warehouse - and at their namesake http://barsandbooths.com.)

    Here in 4000 square feet of showroom you find restored Coca Cola machines, antique Gas Pumps, those coin operated kiddie rides we grew up with in front of department stores at the mall, Juke Boxes large and small, soda fountains, bar stools, diner booth setups, a terrific collection of signs and much more.

    One of the women who does the phone sales told me they always welcome observers to come in and look at this unique collection of 50s Retro furniture and decor, which they sell to designers, homeowners and commercial establishments all over the world (there are hundreds of examples of installations on their web sites.)

    So if you are traveling near the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, make it a point to stop in at Bars and Booths. I guarantee you have never seen anything like it. It's open (FREE) Mon through Fri from 9am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

    -Bill Tchakirides

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    old jefferson county jail

    by doug48 Written Nov 30, 2011

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    located behind the courthouse is the old jefferson county jail. the jail was built in 1919 and is the last standing building that has a mullet design. during the 1922 treason trial coalminers were housed in the old jail.

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    old opera house

    by doug48 Written Nov 30, 2011

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    the charles town opera house was commissioned by ann gibson packette in 1910. the first show was presented in february 1911. the proceeds of the show went to the daughters of the confederacy for the benefit of indigent confederate veterans. the opera house seats 300 people and still hosts theater productions today. the old opera house is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    hunter house

    by doug48 Written Nov 30, 2011

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    this federal style building was built in 1810. it was once the residence of andrew hunter, the prosecutor in the john brown trial. the turret was added to the house in the late 19 th century by william corel.

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    jefferson county visitor center

    by doug48 Updated Nov 30, 2011

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    the jefferson county visitor center is a good first stop on a visit to charles town. at the visitor center you can get a walking tour map of the historic homes and buildings in charles town. the visitor center is located in the historic c. broadway rouss memorial hall which was once charles town's fire house.

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    jefferson county courthouse

    by doug48 Written Nov 30, 2011

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    the most historically significant structure in charles town is the jefferson county courthouse. on this site the first jefferson county courthouse was built in 1803. this small courthouse was a federal style building with a tower. in 1836 the original courthouse was demolished to make way for a larger building. the new courthouse was constructed as a doric temple in the greek revival style. the new courthouse was damaged during the civil war and it's metal roof was removed and made into bullets. after the state of west virginia was formed in 1863 the county seat of jefferson county was moved to shepherdstown. in 1872 the county seat returned to charles town and the damaged courthouse was restored. the most famous trial in jefferson county was the 1859 trial of john brown and his co-conspirators. after a failed attempt to caputure the arsenal at harpers ferry brown was charged with treason against the commonwealth of virginia, for trying to incite a slave revolt and mulitiple charges of murder. brown was convicted on all charges on november 2 nd 1859. aaron stevens, edwin coppock, john copeland, shields green, john cook jr, and albert hazlett were also convicted and executed. sixty three years later bill blizzard and 800 coalminers were tried for treason and murder as a result of the battle of blair mountain. in this historic trial union leader bill blizzard was aquitted. for those interested in american history and architecture the jefferson county courthouse is a must see site in charles town.

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    execution site of john brown

    by doug48 Updated Nov 30, 2011

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    on december 2 nd 1859 john brown was brought by wagon to the gallows erected in a field on the rebecca hunter's farm. fearing the possibility of another uprising by brown's supporters, the governor of virginia accepted the offer of VMI's superintendent francis smith to send a part of the corps of cadets to provide an additional military presence at the execution. the command of the cadet detachment was given to VMI faculty member william gilham. his colleague major thomas jackson was placed in charge of two howitzers manned by twenty one cadets. the actor john wilkes booth traveled to charles town from washington to witness the execution. john brown was hung and became a martyr of the abolitionist movement. over a period of months brown's co-conspirators were also hung at this site.

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    gibson-todd house

    by doug48 Written Nov 30, 2011

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    this beautiful brick victorian home was built in 1892 for john t. gibson on the site of the execution of john brown. the site of the gallows is located in the yard north of the house. the gibson-todd house is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in american history and architecture the gibson-todd house is worth a look in downtown charles town.

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    stribling house

    by doug48 Written Nov 30, 2011

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    this historic home was built for dr. taliaferro stribling in 1836. thomas rutherford bought the house in 1858. during the civil war union general phillip sheridan occupied the house for his headquarters. it was here that union general ulysses s. grant and sheridan met to plan the 1864 shenandoah valley campaign.

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    charles town library and museum

    by doug48 Written Nov 30, 2011

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    charles town library and museum

    the charles town library is home to the jefferson county museum. the museum has displays on the history of jefferson county and an interesting collection of civil war relics. for those interested in history the library is worth a stop when in charles town. for admission and times see the attached web site.

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    zion episcopal church

    by doug48 Updated Jan 20, 2012

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    the first zion episcopal church was built in 1818. it was replaced by a larger church in 1846. the second zion episcopal church was destroyed by fire in 1848. the current church was built in 1851. during the civil war union troops quartered here desecrated the church almost beyond recognition. the zion episcopal cemertery contains the graves of over seventy decendants of president george washington. also buried here is edmund randolph, the great grandson of edmund randolph the first secretary of state of the united states.

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