The Museum will be closed on Sunday, April 16. Happy Easter!

2017 Speakers Series

All events will be held at at 7 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, unless otherwise noted.

March 8, 2017: Dave Bullock, “Forgotten 18th Century Roads: Shepherdstown and the Philadelphia Wagon Road.”

May 24, 2017: Fawn Valentine, “West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers: Echoes from the Hills.” (Also includes quilt “readings” in the afternoon at the Entler Hotel building from 1-3pm. PRE-REGISTRATION required, limit 2 quilts/per person.)

August 30, 2017: Dr. James Broomall, “The Brother’s War: The Civil War Experiences of Virginia and West Virginia Soldiers”

November 8, 2017: Doug Perks, “Changing Faces – Mr. Jefferson’s County”

Space Available

Large quiet office space with big windows available April 1. Located on first floor in the Historic Entler Hotel on the corner of German and Princess Streets in beautiful downtown Shepherdstown, WV.  Spacious at 494 sq. ft. it will be available at $988 per month including all utilities and limited parking. Call 304-876-0910 or email

Latest News

The Editor and the Spy: Espionage and Poetry in Shepherdstown on the Eve of the Civil War

by Jerry Bruce Thomas In 2012, Yale University Press published John Brown’s Spy: The Adventurous Life and Tragic Confession of John E. Cook, by Steven Lubet.  The book details Cook’s early life in New England and activities in Kansas and Virginia (largely in Jefferson County) leading up to John Brown’s abortive attempt in October 1859 […]

Historic Speakers Series Opens with March 8 Talk on Forgotten Local Roads

David Bullock will speak on “Forgotten 18th Century Roads: Shepherdstown and the Philadelphia Wagon Road” at 7 p.m. on March 8. The talk will be in the auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education located on King Street on the Shepherd University campus next to Scarborough Library. Parking is available […]

The Rumsey Monument Turns 100

[This post was originally published on Feb. 22, 2016 in our newsletter. It has been updated with photos taken from Nick’s Speakers Series talk last year.] by Nicholas Blanton By sometime in the 1830’s, James Rumsey’s heirs had had enough.  The two daughters, their families and their mother had relocated to Kentucky, like many Virginians.  […]

Digital Exhibits

Eleazer Hutchinson Miller

M. L. Entler embroidered green jacket

Piedmont Table

Photo of James Shepherd Dining Table
Photo of cherry end

Cherry Table Ends

Adam Link Desk

Brass Cuspidor

McMurran Clock Tower

Alexander R. Boteler

The Rumsey Steamboat Museum

Joseph McMurran

Daniel Bedinger

War of 1812

Alexander Gardner photo of the Battle of Antietam

The Battle of Antietam

Red Sox Uniform

Civil War Marker No. 23

Hopkins Desk

John Woltz Clock

Entler Hotel

McMurran Hall

Old Trinity Church

James Rumsey

Reverend John Kehler

Rumsey Monument

Eleanor (Strode) Shepherd

Shindler House

"Conrad Shindler Portrait CROP" by Nredding01 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons -

Conrad Shindler

Copper Kettle


The museum is open every weekend from April through October and during the holiday season:

• Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Suggested donation: $4.00 per person. FREE admission to Historic Shepherdstown members, children, students & military.

Tours are available by appointment.

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P.O. Box 1786
129 E. German St.
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

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