Historic Shepherdstown is an active, non-profit, membership organization dedicated to preserving Shepherdstown’s architectural character, and building public understanding of Shepherdstown’s distinctive history.

Incorporated in 1961, Historic Shepherdstown has undertaken many important major projects that benefit our community. The Historic Shepherdstown Museum was founded in 1983, and in 1986 the expansion and updating of the National Register for Historic Places listing for the Shepherdstown Historic District was completed. The largest effort began in 1972 when the historic Entler Hotel was scheduled for demolition. Volunteers worked together to save and restore the building as a center for public activity. After many years of heavy public use, a major 25th anniversary renovation project was undertaken in 1997-98 to further enhance the public rooms. Today the Entler is headquarters for the Historic Shepherdstown Commission.

The purpose of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission is to:

  • Promote wider recognition of the historical assets of Shepherdstown
  • Provide stewardship of the landmark Entler Hotel and Museums
  • Preserve Shepherdstown’s heritage, its historic landmarks and a record of the contributions of its people
  • Obtain and exhibit artifacts and documents of historical value