Historic Shepherdstown & Museum

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

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Our 2020 Christmas ornament, the Opera House is now available! It can be purchased along with limited supplies of past y...
09/23/2020

Our 2020 Christmas ornament, the Opera House is now available! It can be purchased along with limited supplies of past years ornaments on our website at https://historicshepherdstown.com/visit/museum-shop/. You can also purchase in person (masks required) when the office at the Entler Hotel is open, Tues., Wed. & Fri. 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.

Sheets Family Bible Returns to Shepherdstown: The Historic Shepherdstown Museum recently received a Bible that belonged ...
09/21/2020

Sheets Family Bible Returns to Shepherdstown:

The Historic Shepherdstown Museum recently received a Bible that belonged to the Sheetz Family.

The donor, Christine Saulsbury, of Desert Center, California, was helping a friend clear out her mother’s bookstore, when she came across a Bible that once belonged to William Miller Sheetz.

Inscribed inside the cover were “Shepherdstown” and the date, May 12, 1842. Knowing that the book would be of historical interest, she researched the Sheetz Family and contacted the Museum.

Although a bit tattered, the Bible contains some family genealogy and a hand-written prayer. The Bible was originally published in Philadelphia in 1835.

The Sheetz were a prominent family in Shepherdstown and were known throughout the Shenandoah Valley for the production of fine firearms. Several generations of Sheetz produced rifles for almost a century, from the time of the Revolution until the Civil War.

William Miller Sheetz was born in 1810. He was the son of John Jacob Sheetz and grandson of Philip Sheetz, all gunsmiths in Shepherdstown. He was probably the last of the Sheetz family to make rifles. There is evidence that his son, William Miller Sheetz, Jr., repaired rifles but not that he made any.

The Sheetz Family dwelling and workshop was located on Lot 1, at the corner of King and German Streets, across from McMurran Hall. The building is now a restaurant.

William Miller Sheetz married Juliann Barnhardt. Juliann’s date of birth (May 6th, 1815) is recorded in the Bible, along with notations for two of their nine children: Mary Elizabeth (October 3rd, 1848) and Emma Kate (January 4, 1855).

An interesting entry in the Bible is a prayer in which Sheetz writes that he has purchased the Bible “as a remembrance of the most true and holy and merciful God.

William Miller Sheetz died in 1866 and is buried in Shepherdstown’s Elmwood Cemetery.

Several rifles produced by the Sheetz Family, including one made by William Miller Sheetz for Rezin Shepherd, grandson of Shepherdstown’s founder, are on display at the Historic Shepherdstown Museum.

We have great news! Historic Shepherdstown Museum has been nominated for BEST MUSEUM in our local area. With your help a...
07/08/2020
The Journal 2020 Readers' Choice™ Winners

We have great news! Historic Shepherdstown Museum has been nominated for BEST MUSEUM in our local area. With your help and your vote we could be chosen. We would be very honored to receive the most votes!

The Best of the Best supplement was published in The Journal the weekend of June 28,2020. You will find SHEPHERDSTOWN MUSEUM as a nominee listed under #158 Museum, on the 2020 Readers' Choice Official Ballot.

You can fill out the official ballot and return it as per the instructions in The Journal, or you can vote online by copying and pasting or following the link: surveymonkey.com/r/JRNwin07302020. Deadline for entries is July 30, 2020. Winners will be announced Fall 2020.

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Since COVID-19 has affected many people trying to have a wedding or gathering we wanted to let people know that the hist...
06/26/2020

Since COVID-19 has affected many people trying to have a wedding or gathering we wanted to let people know that the historic Entler Hotel is open and taking reservations.

We have a nice reception room just right for small gatherings and lovely porches with a private garden for more people. Our cleaners can even do a deep cleaning COVID-19 cleaning if you are worried. If interested or you have questions please call 304-876-0910 or email us at [email protected].

As recommended by the CDC and state, social distancing and wearing of a face covering is strongly suggested.

And it's a great time NOW to reserve for next year!!

06/19/2020

We wanted to let everyone know that although the museum is still not open we are working hard to have it open soon. We are working on a plan to insure that our visitors as well as our docents are kept safe when we do open.

05/12/2020

Update: both offices have been spoken for and no longer available.

With the changing times you may be looking to downsize your office space. At the present time there are two offices available at the Historic Entler Hotel in downtown Shepherdstown, WV. The two offices are on the second floor and are quite affordable. They are even adjoining if you happen to need more space! Rent is $272 a month for one and $222 for the other (rent based on size of office) with a one year lease required. All utilities included and limited parking available. Call 304-876-0910 for more information or email [email protected].

05/05/2020

Historic Shepherdstown May 13 Speakers Series Event Postponed

Due to concerns about the coronavirus and the requirements of social distancing, Historic Shepherdstown has postponed the talk by Dr. Karen Gray at Shepherd University’s Byrd Center. Dr. Gray was to speak on "The C&O Canal: Surprising Truths and Colorful Myths.” The talk will be rescheduled when conditions permit. Using the best information available from the CDC and other authorities, Historic Shepherdstown will determine when the April and May talks, as well those currently scheduled for September and October, may occur and will communicate that in a timely fashion.

Now is the time to think about that wedding or other special event for next year. We have a lovely reception room for re...
04/22/2020

Now is the time to think about that wedding or other special event for next year. We have a lovely reception room for rent and the Entler garden is beautiful this time of the year! Call 304-876-0910 and leave a message or email [email protected] for more information. You can also visit our website at historicshepherdstown.com/site-rental/.

THIS MONTH IN HISTORYOn March 10, 1920, West Virginia became the 34th State to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Con...
04/15/2020

THIS MONTH IN HISTORY

On March 10, 1920, West Virginia became the 34th State to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the states from denying women the right to vote. Also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, it was named after this early pioneer of women’s suffrage.

Two years earlier, President Woodrow Wilson urged passage of the Amendment. It was eventually approved by both houses of Congress and by April 1920, by 33 states. Thirty-six states were needed before it became the law of the land.

In West Virginia, Governor John J. Cornwell called a special session of the state legislature to take up the amendment. After an initial tie in the State Senate (14 to 14) the Amendment finally passed on March 10, 1920, after the vote was delayed to allow State Senator Jesse Block time to return to Charleston from California.

West Virginia became the 34th State to ratify the Amendment.

State Senator, Milton Barr, of Bardane, Jefferson County, voted against the amendment, despite telegrams from President Wilson, the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Navy, Serena Dandridge and other residents urging him to vote for the measure.

Washington State ratified the 19th Amendment later in March, followed by Tennessee in August, thereby giving women the right to vote in the 1920 election.

Wheeling Intelligencer, 8 March 1920, p. 3 (Chronicling America): Senator Jesse Bloch breaks West Virginia Suffrage Tie.

03/17/2020

POSTPONEMENTS

The Board of Directors of Historic Shepherdstown has made the difficult decision to postpone some of our upcoming events because it is important to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The Spring Museum Opening Reception for members, scheduled for April 3, will be postponed until a later date. You will be notified when we are able to reschedule.

The Museum Opening, scheduled for April 4, will be postponed to a later date. You will be notified when we are able to open. Just as a note, Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day, also scheduled for April 4, has been postponed.

The Speaker Series event scheduled for April 8 is also being postponed. We will work with our featured speaker, Dr. Raymond Smock, and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education to find a date to reschedule and we will let you know when we are able to do that. We have not yet made a decision regarding our May Speaker Series event.

Thank you for understanding. As we are able to reschedule, we will keep you informed.

03/11/2020

Affordable quiet office space available on second floor in the Historic Entler Hotel building in Shepherdstown, WV. 136 sq. ft., including a closet available at $272 per month. One year lease required. All utilities included and limited tenant parking available. Call 304-876-0910 or email [email protected] for more information.

02/22/2020

Very affordable quiet office space available on second floor in the Historic Entler Hotel in Shepherdstown, WV. Rent is $272 a month with a one year lease required. All utilities included and some parking available. Call 304-876-0910 for more information or email [email protected].

12/13/2019

Come to Shepherdstown Thursday, December 26, from 2 - 6 pm for a self-guided walking tour and stroll the 1.7 mile route to take in several beautifully decorated historic churches. Refreshments will follow at the War Memorial Building and there will be free metered street parking!

Stop by the Museum this weekend and pick up our newest ornament, Jefferson Security Bank, aka Yellow Brick Bank. If you ...
12/05/2019

Stop by the Museum this weekend and pick up our newest ornament, Jefferson Security Bank, aka Yellow Brick Bank. If you can’t make it this weekend the Museum will be open weekends until Christmas.

Stop by the Museum in December.  We're all decorated for Christmas with a traditional tree, animated figures, and a spec...
12/04/2019

Stop by the Museum in December. We're all decorated for Christmas with a traditional tree, animated figures, and a special visit from Santa Claus on December 7. The Museum is open regular hours during Christmas in Shepherdstown: Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00.

We have some nice temporary musical additions to the museum this weekend only! So, come and stop by before 5pm today and...
09/21/2019

We have some nice temporary musical additions to the museum this weekend only! So, come and stop by before 5pm today and between 1-4 pm on Sunday!

We are participating in the Smithsonian Magazine's 15th Annual Museum Day! The museum is open from 11-5 today. We will o...
09/21/2019

We are participating in the Smithsonian Magazine's 15th Annual Museum Day! The museum is open from 11-5 today. We will open our doors free to all Smithsonian Museum Day ticket-holders TODAY on Saturday, September 21st. This is a national celebration that emulates the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C-based museums.

Last week, at our annual membership meeting and Speaker Series event, we surprised Teresa! Teresa has been our administr...
09/18/2019

Last week, at our annual membership meeting and Speaker Series event, we surprised Teresa! Teresa has been our administrator for five years, and we wanted to show her a little appreciation. Without her, Historic Shepherdstown wouldn't be what it is today.

Teresa McLaughlin's bio: AAS in Business, CTC of Shepherd; RBA, Shepherd University; Native of Greenbrier County, WV. Resident of Martinsburg for almost 50 years to present. Finance Manager, part time, Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle for seven years; Administrator, part time for Historic Shepherdstown Commission for five years to present.

Porch refurbishment is underway! You can book NOW for your fall wedding or party next year to enjoy the beautiful garden...
08/27/2019

Porch refurbishment is underway! You can book NOW for your fall wedding or party next year to enjoy the beautiful garden and freshly redone porches in 2020. We will keep our followers posted on the progress. We'd like to thank our members for supporting this initative.

To learn more about booking an event space: http://historicshepherdstown.com/site-rental/.

08/27/2019

We are open this Friday from 3-5. Come and visit us! September Friday open dates are TBA. Stay tuned!

Some of our volunteers at or in the Shepherdstown Parade! It was a fun time enjoyed by all!!
07/05/2019

Some of our volunteers at or in the Shepherdstown Parade! It was a fun time enjoyed by all!!

Come visit the museum!!
04/04/2019
Historic Shepherdstown & Museum

Come visit the museum!!

The museum is opening for the season this Saturday at 11am! Please, come and join us this Saturday to see our new display. We are thrilled to showcase a collection of silver made by local craftsmen loaned by one of our docents, Eric Jenkins.

The museum is opening for the season this Saturday at 11am! Please, come and join us this Saturday to see our new displa...
04/03/2019
Shepherdstown Museum to Open with Display of Local Silver – Historic Shepherdstown

The museum is opening for the season this Saturday at 11am! Please, come and join us this Saturday to see our new display. We are thrilled to showcase a collection of silver made by local craftsmen loaned by one of our docents, Eric Jenkins.

Shepherdstown Museum to Open with Display of Local Silver April 1, 2019/in News /by Kelsey Hotaling The Historic Shepherdstown Museum will open for the season on April 6 with a display of historic Shepherdstown and Jefferson County silverware. Beginning on April 6, the Museum will be open on Saturda...

03/13/2019

Does anyone have pussy willows growing that I could get some for our spring reception and they be budding the first week in April?

Recently Historic Shepherdstown honored all their hard working volunteers and museum docents with a brunch at the Bavari...
03/11/2019

Recently Historic Shepherdstown honored all their hard working volunteers and museum docents with a brunch at the Bavarian Inn followed by a ghost tour at the Museum!

Help us to save the past and serve the future! Our membership letters have been mailed to renew membership for 2019. Mem...
02/27/2019

Help us to save the past and serve the future! Our membership letters have been mailed to renew membership for 2019. Membership supports historic preservation in the Shepherstown community, lectures, school tours, conservation and acquisition of museum items. We also offer invitations to special programs. You can also visit our website to become a member today!

02/04/2019

Mark your calendars! The 2019 season of our Speakers Series has been set.

April 24th: "Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Places Affect Our Identity & Well-Being" (in partnership with the Shepherdstown Historic Landmarks Commission) Tom Mayes, National Trust for Historic Preservation

May 22: “Rediscovering the History of a Long-Forgotten Shepherdstown Log Farmhouse” Joseph Goss, author of an upcoming book, Frontier Cabin Story

Sept. 11: "Artisans of the Lower Shenandoah Valley" Matthew Webster, Colonial Williamsburg's (CW) Director of Architectural Preservation and Research; Kate Hughes, Curatorial Intern & Research Scholar of the American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Katie McKenny, CW Assistant Curator of Maps and Prints; and Nicholas Powers, Curator of Collections, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Oct. 16th: "Dr. Price, Mrs Williams & Her Corgi plus Other Tales & Characters of Shepherdstown" Randall Tremba, Pastor, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 1976-2017

Formal events will be created in the upcoming weeks. We hope to see you there!

Some more updates for our lovely Facebook group. We've got a big job ahead of us this year. If this looks familiar, it i...
02/01/2019

Some more updates for our lovely Facebook group. We've got a big job ahead of us this year. If this looks familiar, it is the back porch of the museum in the midst of some preliminary work to shore up its connection to the 1786 building. The Rumsey Vo-Tech program rebuilt the porches in the 1980s. They are again in need of some major restoration. An assessment of the scope of the problem is being made. We hope the work to maintain this part of the building will be underway shortly!

Some highlights from our newsletter! In 2018 we celebrated some great museum acquisitions. The first image is a silhouet...
01/31/2019

Some highlights from our newsletter! In 2018 we celebrated some great museum acquisitions. The first image is a silhouette of Rezin Davis Shepherds created in 1844 by William Henry Brown. The second image is a tall chest attributed to cabinet maker Adam Link. This chest shares some characteristic elements with the Adam Link desk displayed across from it in the front parlor.

12/26/2018

We hope you all enjoyed your Christmas Day. If you're in Shepherdstown and hear the church bells ringing at 3pm, it means that the Shepherdstown Holiday tour of Historic Churches have begun! You may start your tour at the Historic Shepherdstown Museum or at the War Memorial Building where maps will be provided. Refreshments will be served at the War Memorial Building.

Historic Shepherdstown board members in the recent Shepherdstown Christmas parade. Also, Santa in the Museum afterwards ...
12/14/2018

Historic Shepherdstown board members in the recent Shepherdstown Christmas parade. Also, Santa in the Museum afterwards with two adorable children!

The Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace is here in time for your holiday shopping! Drop in this weekend and next between 1...
12/08/2018

The Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace is here in time for your holiday shopping! Drop in this weekend and next between 10am - 4:30pm to shop local specialty goods.

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129 E. German St.
Shepherdstown, WV
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this was the Entler Hotel proprietor Joseph Entler the husband of my great-great grandmother Eliza Rickard Humrickhouse's sister Mary. Later it was the men's dormitory of Shepherd College, situated on German Street at the corner of Princess Street.
I was invited to visit with my spirit camera and I have given them the footage of the spirits there. It will be used in their October ghost tours! The mailman is still there doing his job rigging up the horses and ringing the bell! Come on down and see for yourself!
Researching the history of the Keesecker clan. 🤩
Great collection and interpretation. If you ever need anything reach out to us at Preservation Alliance of WV!
No question, just wish I had know about the 250th Anniversary. My ancestors, the George Show family, were there on the 1810 census. Have spent many hours in that area doing research, even met a few relatives like Margie Blostone and Frances Christman. Family moved to Ohio in 1850. I could tell you a lot more about them if you like. Sincerely, Beckie Show Fulwider, Columbus, Ohio [email protected] I hope you have another one!!
Can someone from the society give me a call? I have a question. 410.708.0151. Thank you
Looking for help to unload a trailer of furniture on Friday 3/1 when it gets into town around noon or early afternoon on Princess Street for Jerry Bock. May be able to pay as well. If interested in helping please call his phone @ 304-283-8338.
Hello! Will you be producing an ornament this year? Send us a photo if you want us to help with advertising.
Would like to know what the upright evergreen slender shrub is in front of the museum? Is it a sky pencil Holly?