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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Shepherdstown.

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How Far From Shepherdstown to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Shepherdstown to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Shepherdstown to:

  • Charles Town [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Shepherdstown to Charles Town, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 218 miles [350.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 55 miles [88.5 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,907 miles [9,506.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,616 miles [10,647.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,492 miles [7,229.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shepherdstown ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Shepherdstown.

While the name Shepherdstown is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Belmont County

Our profile page for Shepherdstown, Belmont County   [Map]
Distance: About 173 miles [278.4 km] to the West Northwest


Cumberland County

Our profile page for Shepherdstown, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 67 miles [107.8 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Shepherdstown ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cedar Grove (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North of Shepherdstown   [Map]
Chestnut Grove (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Dogtown (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Files Crossroad   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Flickersville (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Heatherfield   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Horse Shoe Bend (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Mount Pleasant   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Porterstown (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Red Hill (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rose Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Scrabble   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Swan Pond   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Shepherdstown. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Belle Boyd
  Civil war Confederate spy. She was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday May 9, 1844 and died in Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin) on Monday June 11, 1900 at an age of 56. She was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Martinsburg [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the west of Shepherdstown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<7>
John Brown
  Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (Connecticut) on Friday May 9, 1800 and died in Charles Town (West Virginia) on Friday December 2, 1859 at an age of 59.

Charles Town [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Shepherdstown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown
Jane Harrison
  Daughter-in-law of William Harrison - since his wife Anna Harrison was too ill to travel, Jane served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency. She was born in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) on Monday July 23, 1804 and died on Monday May 11, 1846 at an age of 41.

Mercersburg [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Shepherdstown

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Shepherdstown. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Shepherdstown) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Shepherdstown. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Shepherdstown

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shepherdstown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4319, Longitude: -77.8048     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shepherdstown have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Shepherdstown to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.312 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.001 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.836 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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