Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic television personality who died earlier this year, had a family connection to Shepherdstown as well as to the Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Her great, great, great grandfather, Conrad Shindler, an early resident of Shepherdstown, was a coppersmith and lived in a house at the corner of German and Church Streets. Several […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]