Historic Shepherdstown Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit: Educational Opportunities for Black Jefferson County Residents Before and After Brown v Board of Education. The new permanent exhibit opened the weekend of May 14-15. The Museum is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. The new exhibit is housed in the same room as Busy Sundays, which examines leisure and church activities of Shepherdstown’s African American community. The new exhibit received funding from the West Virginia Humanities Council. #WVHumanities We invite you to visit the Museum to see the new exhibit and all of our other Shepherdstown-related items.

2022 Speakers Series

Our annual Speaker Series presentations begin in April and continue in May, September and November. All of the presentations will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and they are free and open to the public.

The Speaker Series will be held in the auditorium at Shepherd University’s Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education. Announcements about Zoom availability will be made closer to each talk.

Please note that some dates have changed.

  • Living Libraries: Using Oral History to Preserve the Past
    Dr. Keith Alexander, associate professor of history at Shepherd University. Dr. Alexander’s students conducted the oral interviews that are the basis for a new exhibit “African American Educational Opportunities in Jefferson County, WV, Before and After Brown v. Board of Education, 1954” which will open at Historic Shepherdstown Museum in mid-May.

    The annual meeting for Historic Shepherdstown Commission will precede Dr. Alexander’s talk.

  • Looking at the History and Future of the Shepherdstown Riverfront
    Historic Shepherdstown Commission will host a public forum. This event will be a panel presentation and community discussion.

Latest News

Doll given to local girl in 1832 and a quilt made by Sarah Moler acquired by museum

August, 1832. One can imagine the soft smiles and joyous tears as a healthy baby girl was born to Jane and Corban Blackford on the family farm near what is now Bardane, West Virginia. But who was the child and what is her connection to an 1830s-era doll recently acquired by the Historic Shepherdstown Museum? […]

1852 Map of Jefferson County after restoration

Restored 1852 Map of Jefferson County on display

From a run down to a practically brand-new map, it is almost like magic. In February, Americana Corner awarded Historic Shepherdstown Commission & Museum a $7,000 grant to restore its S. Howell Brown 1852 Map of Jefferson County, Virginia. The map, which was donated by Mary Hartzell Dobbins, was considered to be in poor condition. […]

Digital Exhibits

The General’s Table

John James Abert

Silver Spoons

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 - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Conrad_Shindler_Portrait_CROP.jpg#/media/File:Conrad_Shindler_Portrait_CROP.jpg

Conrad Shindler

Copper Kettle



Beginning April 23, 2022, the Museum will be open on Saturdays from 12:00-4:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00-3:00. Visitors will be required to follow covid-19 precautions.

In addition, special tours are possible if a volunteer docent is available. Call 304-876-0910 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday to inquire. 

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

Tours are available by appointment.

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