8:08 am
Tue December 23, 2014

December 23, 1762: Virginia General Assembly Charters Romney and Shepherdstown

As for Romney, Job and John Pearsall had settled there prior to 1738. Still, it isn’t certain when either town was first settled.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia WV Humanities Council

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Christmas Festival in Historic Shepherdstown

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The annual “Christmas in Shepherdstown” festival continues tomorrow evening. A Civil War Christmas comes to Shepherdstown this weekend, with music, dance, carriage rides, and lectures all about the town at Christmastime during the Civil War.

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7:57 am
Wed December 3, 2014

December 3, 1787: James Rumsey Tests First Steamboat Near Shepherdstown

Spectators gathered in Shepherdstown along the banks of the Potomac River to watch history being made.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online.

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8:45 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Nov. 18 2009 Senator Robert C. Byrd Longest Serving Member of Congress

In his early years, Byrd primarily was a conservative. He notably led a filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Sen. Robert C. Byrd, US Senate, 1964 Civil Rights Act, Senate Appropriations Committee

On November 18, 2009, Senator Robert C. Byrd became the nation’s longest-serving member of Congress. He was first elected to public office in 1946. After serving two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates and one in the state senate, he was elected to three terms in the U.S.

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2:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Shepherdstown Kicks-Off Second Annual Boo!Fest

Credit Shepherdstown Visitors Center

Just in time for Halloween, the second annual Boo!Fest in Shepherdstown kicks off tomorrow night starting with a Vampire Ball.

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Inside Appalachia
3:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Author Homer Hickam Visits His Home State

Homer Hickam at the 2014 Appalachian Heritage Festival at Shepherd University.
Credit Cecelia Mason / Shepherd University

Every October, author and West Virginia native, Homer Hickam, makes a trip home to West Virginia for the annual Rocket Boys festival in Beckley…but he also makes a point to stop in on his hometown of Coalwood in McDowell County during his visit. 

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Arts & Culture
5:34 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

CATF to Be in New York City in October

The Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown will, for the first time, take one of its world premieres to Off-Broadway in New York City.

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Recommended If You Like: Brutally Honest Rock
1:19 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Bishops

Bishops' new release, Silver Lining.
Credit Sage Perrott (

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch talks with Tucker Riggleman (vocals, guitar) from the Shepherdstown-based rock band Bishops. Since the dissolution of his other West Virginia alt-outfit, The Demon Beat, Riggleman has been focusing on creating gritty yet accessible rock melodies as the frontman for Bishops, as evidenced by the band’s newest release, Silver Lining. Check out the interview below to learn more about Bishops’ musical past, present, and future.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Appalachian Heritage Festival Continues in Shepherdstown this Weekend

Appalachian Mountains
Credit Valerius Tygart / Wikimedia Commons

The annual Appalachian Heritage Festival in Shepherdstown continues this evening.  The dance, art, and music filled weekend is a celebration of the region’s artistic traditions. This past week included a quieter celebration of Appalachian literature with Shepherd University’s 2014 writer-in-residence, Homer Hickam.

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12:53 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Water Heater Project Helps W.Va. Church Go Solar

Shepherdstown, WV
Credit Cecelia Mason / WV Public Radio

Water heaters are helping a Shepherdstown church reduce its electricity costs.

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11:56 am
Mon August 18, 2014

National Park Service Completes Shepherdstown Battlefield Study

  The National Park Service has completed a study of the Shepherdstown Battlefield and related resources.

Congress ordered the study to determine whether the Civil War battlefield should be added to the national park system. It could become an addition to either Harpers Ferry National Historical Park or Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.

Tammy Stidham with the park service tells The Journal that the study looked at historical significance, natural resources and economic uses.

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6:51 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Q&A With Clawhammer Banjo Player, Chelsea McBee

Clawhammer Banjo Player, Chelsea McBee
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For many West Virginians, the banjo represents a sense of home. That’s certainly the case for Shepherdstown-based musician, Chelsea McBee. The 29-year-old banjo player is a regular on the West Virginia music scene now, but that wasn’t always her plan.

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Panel Discussion
4:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Some Say West Virginia Can Survive the New EPA Regulations

The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church hosted the EPA Carbon Rules: How Can West Virginia Lead? panel discussion.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia can actually thrive under new U.S. Environmental Protection Regulations that aim to reduce greenhouse gasses, according to three panelists participating in a public forum last week in Shepherdstown.

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Solar Holler
11:35 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

New Organization Wants to Put Solar Panels on Non-Profit Buildings Across West Virginia

Dan Conant and Than Hitt stand in front of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, which is slated to get solar panels later this summer.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Shepherdstown Presbyterians meet in a circa-1836 brick building that sits just across the street from the town’s post office- about two blocks from the main street.

A few years ago the growing congregation put on an addition that houses modern meeting and gathering rooms. Soon, the roof of this addition will be topped with solar panels thanks to the newly formed nonprofit organization Solar Holler. 

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Outside Magazine
4:12 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Is Shepherdstown America's Best Place to Live?

Credit Cecelia Mason / WV Public Radio


Shepherdstown is among the 64 towns vying for the title of Best Place to Live in America in Outside Magazine. 

The competition is broken down into four geographic regions of the US; West, East, Midwest, and South. Shepherdstown is one of 16 towns from the south.

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Freedom's Run
7:51 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Shutdown may affect upcoming marathon

Freedom's Run Marathon in 2010
Credit Freedom's Run

The federal government shutdown could possibly impact the upcoming Freedom’s Run marathon in the Eastern Panhandle if the shutdown is still going on at the end of next week. But the Marathon will continue regardless of whether the government’s closed.

This is the fifth year for the marathon and one of its main attractions is the route it takes through four national parks. Those parks are closed because of the federal government shutdown. But there is a contingency plan.

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