Upcoming Events

Location TBD

Annual Fall Member Meeting

Our Annual Fall Member Meeting

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Charles Town Public Library

BOD Budget Meeting

Annual BOD Budget Meeting

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McMurran Farm, Shepherdstown, WV

2024 Annual Summer Picnic

Our famous summer picnic will take place on August 7th 2024.

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Happy Retreat

Board of Directors Meeting

This is our summer Board of Directors Meeting held at Happy Retreat

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Happy Retreat

Board of Directors Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting from 10 am to noon

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Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education - 213 North King Street. Shepherdstown W.V.

Annual Spring Meeting

Our annual spring meeting will take place on April, 14th 2024.

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Annual Summer Picnic

It's not really summer until the Annual Summer Picnic. Bring a plate to share!

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Shepherdstown Public Library

History of Farming in Jefferson County

A day long program learning about the history of farming in Jefferson with a visit to several family farms. More information coming soon.

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Happy Retreat

Board of Directors Spring Meeting

The Board of Directors will have their Spring Meeting at Happy Retreat

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Shepherdstown Public Library

Civil War in Jefferson County Talk by Doug Perks

P. Douglas Perks will be giving a talk on his very recent published book about the Civil War in Jefferson County, WV. Doug is Mr. History in Jefferson County, being a former educator and now the historian for the Jefferson County Museum and the Jefferson County Historical Society. The event will be help in the community room of the new Shepherdstown Public Library and is open to members and guests.

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Parade in Jefferson County, WV

Typical JCHS Events

  • Spring and Fall membership meetings with a speaker sharing their knowledge of local history and usually held at the Old Opera House in Charles Town. Sample talks:

    1. Old Roads of Jefferson County, WV
    2. The Dynamite explosion of 1950.
    3. Restoration of the Historic Webb-Blessing House
    4. It is all About the Rivers
    5. John Yates Beall’s contributions to Jefferson County
    6. Medicine during the Civil War and the changes to taking care of patients
  • The annual summer picnic which takes place on the lawn of a historic home of the County. The picnics have been held at 51 locations in Jefferson County since 1969.

  • For several years the Historical Society has been offering a summer seminar on the Civil War in Jefferson County. This has been on a hiatus for two years and now plans are moving forward for the summer of 2023. There are various speakers during the day and usually an onsite visit hosted by the owner. Frequently teachers get credit for attending and the program is open to the public for a small fee.

  • The JCHS has set up a table at the County Fair to give out brochures and share information about the historical society.

  • We have also manned a table at WV days and the Charles Town Farmers Market.

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