In 1915, John Pryor Cowan, a journalist with the Pittsburgh Gazette, decided to take a trip to Washington. He would go, not by car or train, but by canal. He and his wife built their own boat from a kit. The boat was not very elegant looking, and friends who saw it remarked “That’s some […]
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Doug Perks’ excellent presentation, The Changing Face of Shepherdstown, has been made into a new exhibit at the Museum. You can also view the digital version here. We’d like to thank Doug Perks for allowing us to post it on the website. Photographs in the exhibit are from the author’s collection and the archives of the […]
The Historic Shepherdstown Museum recently acquired some silver spoons that were made by a Shepherdstown artisan some 200 years ago. Raw metals in the early 1800s were difficult to come by and any silver that was used most likely came from silver coins, which were melted down and molded into the desired shape –spoon, fork […]
Local historian and Washington family descendant Walter Washington and architectural historian John Allen will kick off the Historic Shepherdstown Commission’s 2018 Speakers Series on April 18 at 7 p.m. Their talk is entitled “History and Architecture of the Washington Family Homes of Jefferson County.” Walter Washington restored and maintains Harewood, the historic home of his […]
The Historic Shepherdstown Museum opens for the season on April 7 with a new temporary display of past and recent photos of Shepherdstown. In addition, visitors will be able to see a “new” Jacob Craft clock donated last fall by former Jefferson County resident Curt Mason. Beginning on April 7, the Museum will be open […]
Historic Shepherdstown is partnering with the the Historic Landmarks Commission to host a public event celebrating the historic places in Shepherdstown. The public is invited to lend their input to the new Shepherdstown Historic District Guidelines, recently revised by the Mills Group (http://millsgrouponline.com/) a firm specializing in planning historic preservation for communities. Experts will be […]
On November 8 at 7 p.m., Doug Perks, Jefferson County Museum Historian and WV History Hero, will present “Changing Faces—Mr. Jefferson’s County” as the finale of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission’s 2017 Speakers Series. The talk will take place in the auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education on the Shepherd […]
Occupying a prominent place in the front parlor of the Historic Shepherdstown Museum is a new piece that has several connections to the town. It’s a Jacob Craft tall clock, donated by Curt Mason, a former member of the Museum’s Board of Directors. Not only was the clock made in Shepherdstown, but it belonged to […]
As part of an outreach project, the Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town, WV is collecting feedback from current and potential visitors on how the museum could serve them better. If you would like to participate in the survey, please visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/jeffcomuseumwv Thank you for your participation!
We have a new exhibit in the Museum — it’s called The Civil War Comes to Shepherdstown, September 2017. If you attended Jim Broomall’s Speakers Series talk a week or so ago, you may have seen it displayed in the lobby of the Byrd Center. You can view the digitized version here or stop by […]