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Transcription of Petition for an act authorizing the inhabitants of the town of Mecklenburg to elect seven commissioners, etc.

COVER:  Mecklengurb (sic) or Sheppards Town (sic) 25 Oct 1793 (reasonable) (reported) Bedinger The Honorable the General Assembly of Virginia, The petition of the inhabitants of the Town of Mecklenburg ( Commonly Called ShepherdsTown ) in the County of Berkeley , Humbly Showeth, that the Populousness and intercourse within the Said Town require the Streets […]

Historic Shepherdstown to Feature Quilt Events in May

On May 24, Fawn Valentine, a West Virginia quilt expert, will be in Shepherdstown to”read” local quilts from 1 to 3 p.m. and to give a talk, “West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers: Echoes from the Hills,” at 7 p.m. In addition, throughout the month of May, the Historic Shepherdstown Museum will display three quilts loaned […]

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.  […]

Murder of Young Susie Ferrell Shocked Shepherdstown and the Country

125 Years Ago: Murder of Young Susie Ferrell Shocked Shepherdstown and the Country Shepherdstown doesn’t often make national news, but back in January of 1892, a crime committed here made headlines – well, at least bold-face type—in several newspapers across the country.  Harry Smootz, a local boy some 28 years old, became enamored of Susie Ferrell, […]

Holiday Traditions: From Germany to German Street: Belsnickle

At Christmas time, in the front parlor of the Historic Shepherdstown Museum you’ll find a sleigh near the fireplace. The sleigh, with its animated figures, was donated to the museum by Keith Knost about 1998. It depicts a modern-day Santa Claus, but with a nod to a traditional German and Shenandoah Valley character known as […]

2016 Shepherdstown Library Ornaments Are Selling Fast!

With the holidays right around the corner, are you looking for a stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or something to make your tree sparkle? Then look no further! The Historic Shepherdstown Commission is introducing their second annual holiday ornament, The Old Market House, also known as the Shepherdstown Library.

Holiday Traditions: From Germany to German Street

The Christmas Tree Shepherdstown kicked off the holiday season on November 25 with the lighting of the tree in front of McMurran Hall. While Mrs. Claus, the Grinch and Santa on a firetruck are more recent additions to Shepherdstown’s public holiday events, the town tree has been a Christmas tradition since 1921 when the Shepherdstown […]

The Colorful History of Stone Row on New Street

The four houses that make up Stone Row on New Street were once the site of one of the first breweries in what is now the State of West Virginia. Marc Briod, a board member of Historic Shepherdstown Commission and a resident of one of the units, writes about the history of the building.  Philip […]