Hot! A Visit to Shepherdstown, West Virginia

A few weeks ago, Marc and I decided to head up to Harper’s Ferry for the afternoon. We had a great time there, but I wanted to explore the surrounding area a bit, so we took off down a few back roads.

Eventually, we found quite a gem: Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Shepherdstown has an official population of less than a thousand year-round residents, but a high student population from the local Shepherd University keeps the town quite vibrant. There was an amazing-looking coffee shop, the Lost Dog, a great restaurant, the Press Room, and many other great shops and eateries that I can no longer remember the name of. We also came across a great independent bookstore, complete with a space for the local Quaker meeting in the back! The town reminded me heavily of Northampton, Massachusetts, near where I used to go to college, but with a heavy West Virginia influence, as if it were Northampton’s Appalachian twin.

Marc and I have been casually scouting out locations that we feel we could be happy living in, and Shepherdstown definitely felt like somewhere that I could see myself living a good life. If you’re going to Harper’s Ferry or the Antietam Battlefield, I can highly suggest giving Shepherdstown a visit. It’s five minutes from Antietam and less than fifteen from Harper’s Ferry, and it will give you a much less touristed, more authentic feel for the area. Shepherdstown’s tourist information site can be found here: Uniquely Shepherdstown

We were only in town for an hour and a half or so, and so I don’t have too many photos of the place, but these few should still give you a good feel for the town:









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  1. Hee, that’s an hour from us =) The Lost Dog is beyond fantastic.
    Berkeley Springs is also awesome, though we sadly dont have a university jazzing things up…or younging them up at least 😉

  2. Very nice, we’re Shepardstown regulars, very nice shots. Enjoyed it

  3. I agree Berkeley Springs is wonderful, if you go check out Suit Castle (its private property now) but the best place near there is Paw Paw Tunnel, its an optical illusion at the ends

  4. Karen

    Hee, that’s an hour from us =) The Lost Dog is beyond fantastic.
    Berkeley Springs is also awesome, though we sadly dont have a university jazzing things up…or younging them up at least 😉

  5. I used to go down to Shepherdstown quite a bit back in the day to catch bluegrass shows at the Mecklenburg. It’s a beautiful area. I also recommend Berkley Springs…awesome history there!