Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shepherdstown, WV

Last weekend our Bible Study home group went on another fun outing.  We went to Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  We started with a meal at the Bavarian Inn on the scenic Potomac River.

Mmm, Mmm, good.  German food.  Weiner schitzel, wurst, spatzel, and more.  It was delish!   And the room in which we ate was the very same room that one of the couples, John and Barbara, got married in almost six years ago!

After lunch we took some pics over looking the river....

Dan & Barb

David & Carol

John & Barbara

Paul & Kerry

Jayce & Nicole

The Girls

The Guys

As for the town's beginnings, colonial settlers began their migration into the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley in the early 18th century. Many crossed the Potomac River at Pack Horse Ford, about one mile down river. The Colony of Virginia began issuing Valley land grants in the 1730s. In 1734, Thomas Shepherd was granted 222 acres on the south side of the Potomac river, along the Falling Spring Branch (now known as the Town Run). From that tract he selected 50 acres and laid out a town. In 1762, the Virginia General Assembly chartered the town of Mecklenburg. Thomas Shepherd was the sole trustee: he owned the town and was responsible for its government.  In 1778, the town's name was changed to Shepherdstown. 

And now a few shots from the historic old town.....

The gals went shopping while the guys took a jaunt up to Sharpsburg to tour the Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest one day battle in the history of the United States.  (To learn more about Antietam National Battlefield, see our post from September, 2009. )

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