Historic Shepherdstown & Museum

Historic Shepherdstown & Museum Historic Shepherdstown & Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to preserve Shepherdstown history.

open April 20 - October 27, 2024
Sat. 11am - 5pm
Sun. 1pm - 4pm

Historic Shepherdstown Speaker series – Where the Rivers Join: Native American Cultures of The Potomac and Shenandoah Va...
05/18/2024

Historic Shepherdstown Speaker series – Where the Rivers Join: Native American Cultures of The Potomac and Shenandoah Valleys. Carole Nash, May 15, is now available online.

Carole Nash's talk as part of Historic Shepherdstown's 2024 Speaker Series.

An updated history of Town Run, from Dr. Keith Alexander.
05/18/2024

An updated history of Town Run, from Dr. Keith Alexander.

More than 50 gathered at the Byrd Center auditorium on Thursday, April 18th, to hear Dr. Keith Alexander share some of the story of Town Run, previously named Falling Springs Branch.

https://youtu.be/KJTUAt_cMDYAddison Reese's talk about Black Cemeteries in Jefferson County is now online
05/04/2024

https://youtu.be/KJTUAt_cMDY
Addison Reese's talk about Black Cemeteries in Jefferson County is now online

Addison Reese presented the first Speaker Series lecture, April 17, 2024.

Despite the rain Historic Shepherdstown had a wonderful day connecting with the community at the Earth Day celebration o...
04/28/2024

Despite the rain Historic Shepherdstown had a wonderful day connecting with the community at the Earth Day celebration on Saturday.

Join Historic Shepherdstown at the Morgan's Grove Park on April 27th for the Earth Day Celebration.  We will have a boot...
04/23/2024

Join Historic Shepherdstown at the Morgan's Grove Park on April 27th for the Earth Day Celebration. We will have a booth with information on how you can join our organization as well as artifacts from our museum. Look for 1905 Morgan Grove Fair posters that are on display in our museum open now through October.

Join Historic Shepherdstown at the Morgan's Grove Park on April 27th for the Earth Day Celebration.  We will have a boot...
04/11/2024

Join Historic Shepherdstown at the Morgan's Grove Park on April 27th for the Earth Day Celebration. We will have a booth with information on how you can join our organization. Look for 1905 Morgan Grove Fair artifacts that are on display in our museum starting April 20th!

It was a productive day on the battlefield.  Clean up in the morning followed by an afternoon tour guided by expert on t...
04/06/2024

It was a productive day on the battlefield. Clean up in the morning followed by an afternoon tour guided by expert on the Battle of Shepherdstown Thomas McGrath. Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association, Historic Shepherdstown & Museum, American Battlefield Trust

Historic Shepherdstown is honored to co-sponsor this wonderful community event.
04/04/2024

Historic Shepherdstown is honored to co-sponsor this wonderful community event.

Historic Shepherdstown is honored to co-sponsor this wonderful community event.
04/01/2024

Historic Shepherdstown is honored to co-sponsor this wonderful community event.

Shepherdstown, WV – On Thursday, April 18, 2024, environmental historian Dr. Keith Alexander will present Town Run’s Story, the relationship between Town Run, a crucial freshwater stream flowing through Shepherdstown, and […]

03/20/2024
Where can you see a cuspidor, copper kettle, baptismal font, three tall case clocks, a Confederate marker of the skirmis...
03/01/2024

Where can you see a cuspidor, copper kettle, baptismal font, three tall case clocks, a Confederate marker of the skirmish where Col. Turner Ashby attacked the Union force at “Bolivar Hill", silver spoons made in Shepherdstown around 1810, a Shepherdstown Red Sox African American baseball team shirt and a model of the Rumsey steamboat? The Historic Shepherdstown Museum of course. Join now. https://historicshepherdstown.com/support/join-renew/

OUR 2024 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS UNDERWAY.Join or renew your membershiphttps://historicshepherdstown.com/support/join-renew/...
02/07/2024

OUR 2024 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS UNDERWAY.

Join or renew your membership

https://historicshepherdstown.com/support/join-renew/

As a member you:

Preserve Shepherdstown’s history and share it with the community, our children, and visitors.
Help historic preservation and our vital downtown.
Support the Shepherdstown Museum, with its dramatic Civil War Room, many Shepherdstown artifacts, and enjoy free admission.
Receive Historic Shepherdstown’s Newsletter.
Support Historic Shepherdstown’s community events, like the Speaker Series and the history workshops.

01/06/2024

From the 167th Airlift Wing, WV Air National Guard

TESTING OF THE MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
We will be conducting a test of our mass notification system Saturday, January 6, at 2:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, January 7, at 2:30 p.m. If you are near the 167th Airlift Wing, Shepherd Field, you may hear tones and voice announcements. Please do not be alarmed.

Recording of John Allen’s talk about Shepherdstown architecture now available
12/12/2023

Recording of John Allen’s talk about Shepherdstown architecture now available

18th and 19th Century Architectural Features of the Shepherdstown Historic District

Saturday was a great day for the annual Shepherdstown Christmas Parade! It was enjoyed by all. Santa even made an appear...
12/12/2023

Saturday was a great day for the annual Shepherdstown Christmas Parade! It was enjoyed by all. Santa even made an appearance in the Historic Shepherdstown Museum after the parade handing out goodie bags to the children.

It's Giving Tuesday! Help Historic Shepherdstown Museum celebrate its 40th anniversary by donating today. The Historic S...
11/28/2023

It's Giving Tuesday! Help Historic Shepherdstown Museum celebrate its 40th anniversary by donating today. The Historic Shepherdstown Museum opened in 1983, and we'll be celebrating throughout 2023 and the early part of 2024. Your gift will help us fulfill our mission “To Save the Past – To Serve the Future”. Help us ensure that history continues to come alive in Shepherdstown. To make your donation, go to the donation page under the support tab on our website, https://historicshepherdstown.com/donate. Enter the amount you would like to donate along with your name and email address. Thank you for supporting Historic Shepherdstown Commission and Museum!

The Museum will be open during Holiday Marketplace, November 25 and 26 and December 2, 3, 8, 9, 16 and 17 – Saturday hours 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 to 4 pm

11/26/2023

Historic Shepherdstown Commission presents the final speaker talk of the year on November 29 with speaker John Allen.

Historic Shepherdstown Commission and the Shepherdstown Historic Landmarks Commission are pleased to present local author and architectural historian John Allen discussing “18th and 19th Century Architectural Features of the Shepherdstown Historic District”. Mr. Allen’s talk will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 29 at the Auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, located at 213 N. King Street on the Shepherd University campus.

John C. Allen, Jr. works as a preservation coordinator and architectural historian near Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Mr. Allen has done expansive research on historic structures in Jefferson County and is well known for his excellent book Uncommon Vernacular.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be held after the talk.

For more information, contact Historic Shepherdstown at 304-876-0910 or email [email protected].

Historic Shepherdstown Commission’s annual holiday ornament is now on sale. The 2023 ornament features Christ Reformed C...
10/31/2023

Historic Shepherdstown Commission’s annual holiday ornament is now on sale. The 2023 ornament features Christ Reformed Church.

Christ Reformed Church initially opened in Shepherdstown in 1747, and celebrated its 275th anniversary in October 2022. Its final service was held in January 2023. The 1798 stone belltower holds the oldest bells in Shepherdstown. The brick building, which housed the congregation until recently, was built in 1839 and expanded in 1881. Its graveyard features the graves of 11 Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots. The building will have a new life as a performance space for the Contemporary American Theater Festival.

The ornament can be ordered online through the Historic Shepherdstown website, www.historicshepherdstown.com. It can also be purchased directly from the Historic Shepherdstown Commission office in the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German Street, Suite 200, Shepherdstown. The office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Finally, it will also be available at the Historic Shepherdstown Museum through the end of October and during Christmas in Shepherdstown, which begins the weekend after Thanksgiving. The Museum is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

This is the ninth year HSC has sold holiday ornaments. Previous years’ ornaments are also still available in limited quantities.

For more information, contact Historic Shepherdstown at 304-876-0910 or email [email protected].

This weekend…
10/27/2023

This weekend…

10/13/2023

Planning a visit to the most haunted building in the most haunted town in America?

Historic Shepherdstown Museum will be giving ghost tours October 28 and October 29 while the Museum is open. Tours will be given on the hour and half-hour, from 1-3:30 p.m. both days. Tickets are not required but availably is limited.

09/16/2023

Because of the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, Sept. 17, the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association display is being moved from in front of the Historic Shepherdstown Museum to inside the lobby of the Opera House, 131 W. German St. The display will be set up from 2 to 7 p.m. The Historic Shepherdstown Museum will be open during its regular hours, 1 to 4 p.m.

The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association will have a table in front of the Historic Shepherdstown Museum t...
09/14/2023

The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association will have a table in front of the Historic Shepherdstown Museum this weekend. Stop by, view artifacts, and learn about the Battle of Shepherdstown. The battle, which was held on Sept. 19-20, 1862, was the final battle of Robert E. Lee's Maryland Campaign of 1862. Here's some information about the battle from the HSC website.

From Harper’s Weekly, 11 October 1862, p. 652. A copy of this image is in the Historic Shepherdstown archives. It can be found online at Internet Archive (https://archive.org/stream/harpersweeklyv6bonn /652/mode/2up : 2016).

Historic Shepherdstown held it's annual fall fundraiser this past Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Thomas Shepherd Mill hosted b...
09/13/2023

Historic Shepherdstown held it's annual fall fundraiser this past Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Thomas Shepherd Mill hosted by Shannon & Adam Thomas. The food was catered by MJ's DeliCafe, the theme was a Luau and everyone enjoyed the wonderful food, company and had a great time!

If you missed coming to the annual membership meeting and our speaker series talk by Dr. Benjamin Bankhurst on Sept. 6 h...
09/13/2023

If you missed coming to the annual membership meeting and our speaker series talk by Dr. Benjamin Bankhurst on Sept. 6 here is the recording you can watch on YouTube.

Shepherd University History professor Dr. Benjamin Bankhurst, who is also the co-director of the Maryland Loyalist Project, talks about Loyalist conspiracies...

ADVANCE RESERVATONS ARE ALL TAKEN. A FEW SEATS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR WALK UPS. PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 10 MIN...
09/08/2023

ADVANCE RESERVATONS ARE ALL TAKEN. A FEW SEATS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR WALK UPS. PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 10 MINUTES BEFORE SHOWTIME TO CHECK ON AVAILABILITY.

September 17 is the 161st anniversary of the Battle of Antietam and Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 19-20, mark the anniversary of the Battle of Shepherdstown, which was the final battle of Robert E. Lee’s 1862 Maryland campaign.

Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17 the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association will be setting up a table in front of the Historic Shepherdstown Museum on German Street to give visitors an opportunity to view artifacts and learn facts about the Shepherdstown battle and its significance. Be sure to stop by to learn more about this important battle.

Also, to mark the Battle of Antietam's anniversary, on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. (now full) and 5 p.m. (30 seats left), the Shepherdstown

Opera House will host the first theater screening of "Shepherdstown Remembers Antietam", an original film written and produced by local history researcher Jim Surkamp. The film describes the Battle's impact through the eyes of Shepherdstown-area residents of the time, many of whom mobilized to aid wounded and hungry soldiers.

This event is co-sponsored by the Shepherdstown Opera House, the Historic Shepherdstown & Museum, the George Tyler Moore Center at Shepherd University and the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association.

Admission will be free and doors open at 2:30 p.m., however seating is limited. You can reserve a seat now by going to https://shepherdstownoperahouse.thundertix.com/events/216849 or at OperaHouseLive.com. Reserved seats released at 2:50 p.m., at Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 West German Street, Shepherdstown.

Shepherdstown Remembers Antietam at Shepherdstown Opera House on 2023-09-17 15:00:00 -0500. Written and Produced by: Jim Surkamp, Sheph...

If members would like to review the minutes from last year’s annual membership meeting before they are voted on at the a...
09/06/2023

If members would like to review the minutes from last year’s annual membership meeting before they are voted on at the annual meeting tonight, they can be found on the home page of our website, historicshepherdstown.com. There will be a limited number of hard copies available tonight at the meeting.

The Entler and its lovely garden are a favorite spot for weddings, parties and other events. Historic Shepherdstown & Museum is a Colonial landmark, built in 1786.

Address

129 E German Street
Shepherdstown, WV
25443

Opening Hours

Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Telephone

+13048760910

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