Located on the Potomac River in a bucolic setting in the lower Shenandoah Valley, Shepherdstown was founded in 1762, (known then as Mecklenburg), and is the oldest town in West Virginia. It has an interesting place in history as it played a significant role during the Civil War as a field hospital and later was occupied by the Union troops to preserve the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad link to the west. In 1787, James Rumsey demonstrated the steamboat on the nearby Potomac River.
Located just 90 minutes from the Washington DC area, the small town with a population of just over 2,000, is considered to be a thriving artist community with an abundance of arts and crafts, galleries, and workshops. With its combination of rivers and mountains, Shepherdstown also offers hiking, biking, boating, fishing and birding. It is a college town and home to Shepherd University which is a vital part of the community both economically and culturally. Its 3,000 students puts the average age here at just 21. Picture of German Street and McMurran Hall at Shepherd University courtesy of Wikipedia and Acroterion; picture of View Eastward down German St. courtesy of Wikipedia and Wallygva.