Shepherdstown Travel Guide

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    ferry hill plantation house
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  • ferry hill plantation house
    ferry hill plantation house
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Shepherdstown Things to Do

  • C & O canal

    pictured is lock 38 of the chesapeake and ohio canal. the C & O canal runs 185 miles along the potomac river from the washington d. c. area to the northern maryland mountains. the canal was in use for over one hundred years to transport goods to and from coastal virginia to the western frontier. today the C & O canal is a natiional historic park...

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  • ferry hill plantation

    ferry hill plantation is located on the maryland side of the potomac just east of downtown. ferry hill was established by john blackford (1771-1839). blackford owned a 700 acre plantation and a ferry service across the potomac river from maryland to virginia. blackford is best known for his journal about daily life on his plantation. blackford...

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  • mc murran hall

    mc murran hall today is part of shepherd college campus. mc murran hall was once the county courthouse of jefferson county west virginia. when the state of west virginia was formed in 1863 the county seat was moved from charles town to shepherdstown. in 1872 the county seat was moved back to charles town and the courthouse became part of shepherd...

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  • Rumsey Monument

    The James Rumsey monument is located in a quiet park overlooking the Potomac River. Climb the stairs, take a moment to read about Rumsey (he invented the steamboat) and then take in the views. Ideal spot for beautiful pictures.

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  • Many Crossing

    Shepherdstown began as the southern side of a Ferry crossing. Since then, there have been numerous crossing built and lost across the river. The remnants can be found along the river. To see them, there are several options.Rcb1. Cross to Maryland and take the first right, down the hill to the C&O Canal. The road along the canal/towpath will give...

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  • Hike to towpath

    On the north bank of the Potomac River, is Ferry Plantation and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Both are part of the C&O Canal National Historic Park.The Plantation House can be visited on the bluff, and a picnic area is off in the woods. You can drive down to the river on the north side and take a hike on the towpath.

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  • Antietam National Battlefield

    Just north of Shepherdstown is Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. It is the site of the single deadliest day in the American Civil War.

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  • THE GERMAN STREET COFFEE & CANDLERY

    TAKE HOME A SAMPLE of their delicious coffee beans.Our favorite was called Seville Orange Coffee. We got it in decaf, I don't know if its available in caffinated form or not.

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  • Stroll German Street--the Main...

    Stroll German Street--the Main Street. You'll be convinced this is the real town that the fictional Cicely, Alaska was based on. It's an odd mix of the funky and the down home. Check out the fine arts and crafts shop--or the General Store, nearby. Visit the wine shop, the bookstore, the gourmet food store, and the mountaineer/outfitter shop. Take...

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Shepherdstown Restaurants

  • downtown

    the yellow brick bank restaurant is located in the historic 1906 beau arts style shepherdstown security bank building. good sandwich selection on their lunch menu. their dinner menu offers steak, seafood, and pasta. i had lunch there and was very satisfied with the food and service.

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  • Italian the locals love!

    A relative newcomer to Shepherdstown, the Press Room opened a year and a half ago and has quickly become a favorite among locals. Comfortable booths and leather chairs make the cozy space perfect for a romantic dinner. The staff is friendly and helpful, willing to explain the specials which, on my last visit, ran from a seafood paella to a...

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  • Lovely Brunch

    This was a very nice restaurant, housed in what I would assume used to be a bank. Lovely, eclectic paintings/posters on the walls, as well as outside seating. They seemed to have a variety on the menu too. The brunch menu included shephard's pie, French toast, and BBQ. I had the orange stuffed French toast with blueberry compote. Very, very nice,...

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Shepherdstown Local Customs

  • by Atrya Written Jan 16, 2008

    Locals hang out and stop in at the Meck, a local pub, for a pint. Sunday afternoons in the summer are my personal favorite when you can hang out in the lush back garden, do a crossword, bask in the sun - all while sipping one of the great beers they have on tap!

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Shepherdstown Warnings and Dangers

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    by leisureway Written Jun 8, 2008

    The cops in this small town don't see a lot of action, especially when college is out for the summer. Traffic tickets are their main entertainment.

    When you reach the 4-way stop leaving or coming into town, stop completely. If it's only you, count to 3 and pass through. If there's other cars, follow the rules and wait your turn!

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Shepherdstown Off The Beaten Path

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    by Toughluck Updated Feb 9, 2007

    Just up the river is Harper's Ferry National Historical Park. It is another historic ferry crossing, only this site developed into a major center of commerce and a focal point before the Civil War and then during the war. You'll find plenty to do at Harper's Ferry for more than a day.
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    You can drive the backroads between Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry, but expect to feel disoriented and for it to take twice as long. It's a great way to see rural life in this part of the country, but your best route is to take the Charlestown Road out of the southeast side of Shepherdstown (down by the Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant) until you come to a junction with a sign to Harpers Ferry. Take the left fork. If you miss the turn, head on into Charlestown, where you'll pick up US 340, east (left) to Harpers Ferry. The turn off, joins US 340, just east of Charlestown and avoids town traffic.

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