Shepherdstown Historic District


Established in the 1730s as Mecklenberg, Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. In the wake of the Battle of Antietam, only five miles away, the town became a vast hospital for Robert E. Lee’s retreating Confederate Army. On September 20, 1862, the last significant battle of the Maryland Campaign occurred at Boteler’s Ford, about a mile down the Potomac River from the town.