Two Rivers Heritage Partnership

Two Rivers Heritage Partnership Two Rivers Heritage Partnership promotes the unique cultural identity of the region of the upper Shenandoah Valley.
Non-Profit Collaborative Partnership that promotes the health and heritage of the Two Rivers Region

Forks of the Ohio Symposium & Other Trail Town News
Forks of the Ohio Symposium & Other Trail Town News

Forks of the Ohio Symposium & Other Trail Town News

Through the Power of 32, a regional visioning project, the completion of the regional trail system became a lasting goal of the initiative. Pennsylvania Environmental Council and The Progress Fund have developed a trail mapping tool for a 46-county region that includes Cleveland, Erie, Pittsburgh an...


Revelation - If your non-profit receives word of a grant that requires a partnership project - will you be able to write the grant? Partnership grants let you request more funding for larger projects that benefit others not just your non-profit.


At the Statewide Bike Connectivity Meeting on May 3rd here in Jefferson County it became very clear that there is no one organization that we can go to to get information on regional planning for outdoor recreational trails. In order for non-profit groups who are engaged in marketing this region we need more partnerships so that whatever plan is produced we can all become stakeholders. Reciprocal partnerships allow many voices to share information.


Question - How do you think about this region's identify? Love some feedback - Panhandle, Potomac Valley, Upper Potomac Valley, or Two Rivers Region. How do you market where you live and do business? How do you locate yourself?

Attended the Statewide Bike Connectivity Public Meeting in Ranson yesterday.  Bravo to WV for initiating this study.For ...
Statewide Bicycle Connectivity Plan

Attended the Statewide Bike Connectivity Public Meeting in Ranson yesterday. Bravo to WV for initiating this study.
For more information click on this link and give your comments

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is holding public meetings throughout the State to gather input for a bicycle plan to make strategic connections between neighboring States, State regions, municipalities and points of interest. The public meeting will focus on the geographic region wh...


Installing the Shepherdstown Lock Wayside Panel down at Lock 38 tomorrow at 10 a.m. Thank you JC CVB for the support, the C&O National Historical Park for the design, the Canal Towns Partnership for the integrated heritage marketing and to everyone involved in this project to bring bikers, hikers and walkers up off the towpath and into our "Gem of the Panhandle.

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Canal Towns Reap Economic Benefits:
Confirmation Provided by Recent National Park Service Report

Hagerstown, MD – Three years ago, nine communities along C&O Canal began forming the Canal Towns Partnership, an economic development initiative with the goal of cooperatively marketing and making improvements, such as the addition of bike lanes and bike racks, to attract visitors to the canal’s gateway communities.

A recent National Park Service report on the economic impact of visitor spending substantiated what the Canal Towns already knew, that the communities’ proximity to the C&O Canal National Historical Park yields significant economic advantages.

The report shows that more than 4.1 million visitors in 2010 spent $53.1 million, an increase of $6.1 million from 2009, in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and in communities near the park in 2010. Nearly $34 million of the revenue was from non-local visitors. That spending supported approximately 700 jobs in the local communities.

“The C&O Canal is enjoyed by many local residents as well as visitors from around the country who come to bike or hike along the 184.5 mile-long towpath,” said Park Superintendent Kevin Brandt.

The communities involved in the Canal Towns Partnership, which officially launched in September 2011, have been committed to working with one another to capitalize on opportunities to increase trail and park-related visitation as well as to assist the C&O Canal National Historical Park personnel in ensuring the highest quality visitor experience.

Although each of these towns had a multitude of readily available services for visitors, there were some gaps in signage, regional marketing, and amenities such as bike racks, public restrooms, benches, etc. Working together, with the backing of the C&O Canal Trust, the park’s official nonprofit partner, the Canal Town Partnership has installed business directory kiosks, produced visitor brochures, launched a Canal Towns web site, developed a regional calendar of events and are now adding bike lanes, bike racks, public restrooms and water, benches and other amenities.

According to the national report, most of the spending/jobs are related to these amenities and others, such as lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent) followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent) and groceries (2 percent).

Walt Stull, Chairman of the partnership and Brunswick Town Councilman, “By working cooperatively, all of our communities are benefiting and building relationships that will provide us with long-term economic benefits. Getting park visitors to come into our towns to shop, eat, and fill their gas tanks is just a good, common sense strategy.”

As Brandt said, “The economic benefits from the Canal are felt throughout many communities in Maryland as well as neighboring states.”

To download the full report visit and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. For more on how the National Park Service is working within Maryland, go to

For more information on the Canal Towns Partnership and its economic and community development efforts, visit Additional information on the C&O Canal Trust can be found at


The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park preserves and interprets the historical, natural, and recreational resources of the C&O Canal. Over 4,100,000 visitors a year enjoy the opportunities for recreation and understanding that the park has to offer. For more information, visit the park’s web site at

Founded in 2007, the C&O Canal Trust is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, restore, and promote the C&O Canal National Historical Park. As the official “friends” organization for the park, the Trust seeks to ensure that the C&O Canal’s natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized. Among the programs it supports is the Canal Towns Partnership. For more information, visit the Trust’s web site at

National Park Service, Social Science Division


We have so much to promote here in the region- now to find the most effective way to do it.


Learn About Your Story - Tell Your Story - Invest in Your Story - the Roadmap to Preservation and Conservation of Your Regional Heritage


APUS Colloquium - March 10th - The Cultural Identity of the Eastern Panhandle

"Perhaps the biggest benefit of cultural heritage tourism is that opportunities increase for diversified economies, way ...
Cultural Heritage Tourism

"Perhaps the biggest benefit of cultural heritage tourism is that opportunities increase for diversified economies, way to prosper economically while holding on to the characteristic that make communities special."

associations and federal agencies building a common agenda for cultural heritage tourism. Representing a broad spectrum of arts, humanities, tourism and


Heritage Development - Tourism + Culture + Heritage = Sustainable Economies

Congratulations to Maryland State Tourism - Savvy marketing of their outdoor recreational resources and integration of t...
Heritage Areas

Congratulations to Maryland State Tourism - Savvy marketing of their outdoor recreational resources and integration of these with their cultural assets.

Here are 11 certified reasons, stretching from wondrous Western Maryland to the irresistible Eastern Shore, why your family should experience Maryland's heritage!


New Brand - Freedoms Run is not just an event it is a Way of Life!


How many places have you visited in the United States that has five national parks within 20 miles. We have the Washington Family history, the French and Indian War-Alt. Route 40 the Braddock Road, the Revolutionary War - Bee Line March, the Civil War, the Canal to the West - Washington's Vision and our gateway communities to this history. What a great place to greet International tourists and welcome them as our guests.


We have an amazing group of volunteers here in our region. From Shepherd University students and faculty to high schools students. From service organizations to church groups. Hats off to us!


In 2008 at the Heritage Summit at Claymont Court we pledged to work together to Educate, Preserve and Integrate the cultural heritage and natural resources of our region. In 2011 the collaborative partnerships are taking root. Freedoms Run, the Canal Towns Partnership, the Certified Arts Community in Jefferson County - trails, arts, history are all around us all adding to our quality of life here in the Land of the Two Rivers.


We have way too much history here - we need a "Cultural Planner" to integrate all of events that relate to our cultural heritage. How do we do this? Suggestions?


Christmas is about to happen here in Shepherdstown. McMurran Hall is decorated with wreaths and tree lighting. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. Take a bow Rotary.

Former Charles Town Resident wins National Book Award for Fiction for her novel based on her experiences as a walker at ...
Books - Paper Cuts Blog -

Former Charles Town Resident wins National Book Award for Fiction for her novel based on her experiences as a walker at Charles Town Races. She also set her novel at a fictitious track in Moundsville, WV., south of Wheeling.
'Lord of Misrule,' by Jaimy Gordon: Welcome to the Winner's Circlepapercuts.blogs.nytimes.comJaimy Gordon's victory last night at the National Book Awards was a classic underdog moment, about a little-known writer with a little-seen book who overcame long odds to capture the prize and, at least for one night, revel in the glory (or swoon out of disbelief).

The editors of The Book Review on books and publishing.

Check out the Blog Spot on our web site We are on our way to promoting the history, art, natural resources and recreatio...
Two Rivers Heritage - Home

Check out the Blog Spot on our web site

We are on our way to promoting the history, art, natural resources and recreation that makes the Two Rivers Heritage Region unique.


Amazing feedback from our post-race survey on Freedoms Run. The thrill of running in place of historic significance - truly this is a race of Historic Proportions!


Jefferson County needs a Trails Summit - Let's do it!


Getting out on the Trail - Maryland Trails Summit - first ever in Baltimore on October 19th 2010. Room was packed with folks from all over Maryland who are designing, working on, promoting and hiking, walking, running and cycling on trails. Two Rivers Heritage Partnership represented WV and the Canal Towns Project. Trails are the spines to Jefferson County - now to the task of connecting the spokes to the spines.


247 S Tamarac Dr
Shepherdstown, WV

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