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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
2001 Maddex Sq, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
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Don’t bring you kids to the pool. This a no toy or splash zone, cause people should be able to use...more
233 Lowe Drive, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 25443, United States
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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...more
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,...more
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!
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!
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.
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.