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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Shepherdstown, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Shepherdstown and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Shepherdstown:
    • 39.431933, -77.804773
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Shepherdstown
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Shepherdstown ...

We have found two communities that share the name Shepherdstown.

Within West Virginia, the name Shepherdstown is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another two communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Ohio
      • Belmont County
      • This Shepherdstown is located in Belmont County and lies 173 miles [278.4 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Shepherdstown that is located in Jefferson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shepherdstown
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Belmont County community of Shepherdstown.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Cumberland County
      • This Shepherdstown is located in Cumberland County and lies 67 miles [107.8 km]<1> to the northeast of the Shepherdstown that is located in Jefferson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shepherdstown
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cumberland County community of Shepherdstown.

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 wonder 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 [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Grove
    • Cedar Grove [Washington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Shepherdstown
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Grove
  • Chestnut Grove [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chestnut Grove
    • Chestnut Grove [Washington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Shepherdstown
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chestnut Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chestnut Grove
  • Dogtown [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dogtown
    • Dogtown [Washington County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Shepherdstown
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dogtown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dogtown
  • Files Crossroad [Berkeley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Files Crossroad
    • Files Crossroad [Berkeley County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Shepherdstown
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Files Crossroad have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Files Crossroad
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    • Flickersville [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flickersville
      • Flickersville [Washington County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Shepherdstown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flickersville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flickersville
    • Heatherfield [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Heatherfield
      • Heatherfield [Jefferson County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Shepherdstown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Heatherfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Heatherfield
    • Horse Shoe Bend [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horse Shoe Bend
      • Horse Shoe Bend [Washington County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Shepherdstown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horse Shoe Bend have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horse Shoe Bend
    • Mount Pleasant [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Pleasant
      • Mount Pleasant [Jefferson County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Shepherdstown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Pleasant have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Pleasant
    • Porterstown [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Porterstown
      • Porterstown [Washington County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Shepherdstown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Porterstown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Porterstown
    • Red Hill [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Hill
      • Red Hill [Washington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Shepherdstown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Hill
    • Rose Hill [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rose Hill
      • Rose Hill [Jefferson County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Shepherdstown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rose Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Hill
    • Scrabble [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scrabble
      • Scrabble [Berkeley County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Shepherdstown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scrabble have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scrabble
    • Swan Pond [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Swan Pond
      • Swan Pond [Berkeley County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Shepherdstown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Swan Pond

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.

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    • Max Bishop     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Waynesboro (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 5, 1899 and died in Waynesboro (Pennsylvania) on Saturday February 24, 1962 at the age of 62.
      • Waynesboro is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Shepherdstown.
      • Waynesboro is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Shepherdstown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Max Bishop<3>
    • Belle Boyd     (Civil war Confederate spy)
      • 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 the age of 56. She is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin).
      • Martinsburg is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Shepherdstown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<3>
    • John Brown     (Abolitionist, activist)
      • 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 the age of 59.
      • Charles Town is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Shepherdstown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown<3>
    • Patsy Cline     (Singer, songwriter)
      • Singer, songwriter. She was born in Winchester (Virginia) on Thursday September 8, 1932 and died in Camden (Tennessee) on Tueday March 5, 1963 at the age of 30.
      • Winchester is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Shepherdstown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Patsy Cline<3>
    • Charles 'Charlie' Fuqua     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday October 20, 1910 and died in West Haven (Connecticut) on Tueday December 21, 1971 at the age of 61. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Erie County, New York).
      • Martinsburg is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the west of Shepherdstown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles 'Charlie' Fuqua<3>
    • 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 (1889 - 1893))
      • 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 (1889 - 1893). She was born in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) on Monday July 23, 1804 and died on Monday May 11, 1846 at the age of 41. We don't have any burial details.
      • Mercersburg is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Shepherdstown.
    • Donald 'Don' Heffner     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Rouzerville (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday February 8, 1911 and died in Pasadena (California) on Tueday August 1, 1989 at the age of 78. He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Rouzerville is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Shepherdstown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Donald 'Don' Heffner<3>
    • Harriet Lane     (Niece of James Buchanan - she acted as the de facto First Lady for James Buchanan during his Presidency (1857 - 1861))
      • Niece of James Buchanan - she acted as the de facto First Lady for James Buchanan during his Presidency (1857 - 1861). She was born in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) on Sunday May 9, 1830 and died in Narragansett (Rhode Island) on Friday July 3, 1903 at the age of 73. She is buried at Green Mount Cemetery (Baltimore City, Maryland).
      • Mercersburg is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Shepherdstown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harriet Lane<3>

How Far From Shepherdstown to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories 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 beginning in Shepherdstown and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Charles Town, which is the Seat of Jefferson County and lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Shepherdstown to Charles Town, with an average speed<4> 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, 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) 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<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,907 miles [9,506.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,616 miles [10,647.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,492 miles [7,229.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Jefferson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Shepherdstown: www.shepherdstown.us/

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffersoncountywv.org/

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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 for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ShepherdstownOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shepherdstown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4319, Longitude: -77.8048       In this case, the coordinates for Shepherdstown have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>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: findagrave.com.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.312 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.001 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.836 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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