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View from Harpers Ferry minus the bridge.
Welcome to the Jefferson County Historical Society's web site, where we you can learn more about the history of Jefferson County, WV, established as Jefferson County, Virginia in 1801 from what was then Berkeley County, VA. We also provide a history of the Society, which was established in 1927 as the first organization of its kind in West Virginia. Also included are descriptions of prominent individuals with connections to the County as well as important events that occurred here.

We offer you the opportunity to purchase publications of and memberships in the Society through our online store using PayPal, which accepts credit card purchases. A special visitor's page informs tourists and new residents about historic sites throughout the county and various cultural and historic events being held in the County in the coming year. We encourage you to learn about some of our collaborator's efforts through a series of links to their web sites.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Society's web site and that you find our information useful. Please address any inquiries regarding this site to our communications coordinator at cmasonwhf@aol.com. See "Contact Us" for a list of other Society members who may be able to provide you with additional information about the Society.

Note:  We have added a new feature to the web site which provides the reader with links to 181 historical markers in Jefferson County. Please click here to go to our historic marker data base section.


At 3pm on Sunday, November 2, the Jefferson County Historical Society will hold its Fall Meeting at Charles Town's Old Opera House. Following a brief business meeting, author Austin Washington and his father, John A. Washington, preeminent Washington family historian, will discuss Austin's book, "The Education of George Washington." For additional information about the book, visit the web site, www.austinwashington.com Membership forms will be available for those attending who are not members and wish to join the Society.

Come early and enjoy the fine photographs produced by members of the Jefferson County Photography Club, downstairs in the Jean Heiler Gallery.

You May Now Purchase the Jefferson County Historical Society (WV) Magazine as an eBook. The Jefferson County Historical Society has begun digitizing the Magazine. The Society has digitized Volume LXXII, December 2006 through Volume LXXVII, December 2013 and is using Google Books Partner Program and Google Play (Books) to sell them. If you wish to purchase a digital edition of the Magazine, you may use the Google web link (go to webpage https://play.google.com/store/books) or if you are uncertain how to use Google Play, go to the Magazine Archive web page (http://jeffersonhistoricalwv.org/magazinearchives.html) where you may download instructions. If you would rather have the instructions emailed to you, please contact Donald E. Watts at Origins@frontier.com. As more volumes of the Magazine are digitized, an announcement will be placed in the Society’s newsletter, The Guardian.

The Society is working with several other historical and historic preservation organizations in the county to provide readers with a single calendar describing the schedule of events being hosted by these organizations in 2014. CLICK HERE to view the events.
Click Here to access the Jefferson County Historical Society Calendar


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