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ShepherdstownUnited States of America

Explore funky bars and coffee houses and experience the diverse cultural scene at this exciting and dynamic college town.

Shepherdstown is a small town, yet it possesses a vivacity and energy more typical of a larger city. It was officially incorporated in 1762 under the name Mecklenburg and has plenty of historical pre-Revolutionary architecture. The town has more to offer visitors than just its historical features. Shop for handicrafts in local shops, attend arts-oriented festivals and hike the trails at nearby state parks.

Before you delve into the student-driven arts scene, familiarize yourself with the town’s more than 250 years of history. Wander around the Shepherdstown National Historic District and identify the different architectural styles. Find Grand Greek-Revival buildings as well as Federal and Victorian constructions around town. Pick up a map of historic homes at the Shepherdstown Visitors Center to help you navigate. The Historic Shepherdstown Museum, housed in an 18th-century hotel, is open from early April to late October and is devoted to local history.

The presence of students in the small town adds to its youthful atmosphere. Mingle with students at the Shepherd University campus near the banks of the Potomac River. Spend evenings in the busy bars where students congregate for nights out. Consider booking tickets for a show at the historic Shepherdstown Opera House, which screens films and eclectic live events.

Find cafés, restaurants and interesting shops selling antiques as well as handcrafted goods on the main thoroughfare, German Street. Walk or bike in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, running along the northern bank of the Potomac River and stretching all the way to Washington D.C.

The town has a busy events schedule, with several well-known festivals throughout the year. Arrange your trip to coincide with the renowned summertime Contemporary American Theater Festival. Film buffs may want to catch the Cut to the Chase Film Festival in September or the American Conservation Film Festival later in the fall.

Shepherdstown is about a 90-minute drive from Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Discover the arts and festival scene that has Washington weekenders enamored.

Top Hotels in Shepherdstown

Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Shepherdstown, WV

Situated on the waterfront, this historic cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Shepherdstown Visitors Center, Rumsey Steamboat Museum, and Shepherdstown Museum. Rumsey ...

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Awesome!

"Very fun night away from city life. Relaxed and played board games, sat by the river, and explores Shepardstown right down the street."…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Bavarian Inn
Bavarian Inn
3.5 out of 5
164 Shepherd Grade Rd, Shepherdstown, WV

Situated in Shepherdstown, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shepherd University, Shepherdstown Museum, and Rumsey Steamboat Museum. Shepherdstown ...

4.4/5Excellent! (387 reviews)
at The Bavarian Inn

"Room was very warm and comfortable. Dinner in the Inn was outstanding. Service, atmosphere and food was excellent !"…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Bavarian Inn
Stay at Large, Historic Home & Enjoy 5 Star BBQ
Stay at Large, Historic Home & Enjoy 5 Star BBQ
Shepherdstown, WV
The price is $89 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Situated in Shepherdstown, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Cress Creek Golf Club, Shepherd University, and Shepherdstown Opera House. Shepherdstown ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Historical Country Quaint

"Great historical house with a super friendly and accommodating owner! With the Potomac River a mile away, makes for a super fun summer day playing in the water!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Stay at Large, Historic Home & Enjoy 5 Star BBQ
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Shepherdstown

Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Shepherdstown, WV

Situated on the waterfront, this historic cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Shepherdstown Visitors Center, Rumsey Steamboat Museum, and Shepherdstown Museum. Rumsey ...

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Awesome!

"Very fun night away from city life. Relaxed and played board games, sat by the river, and explores Shepardstown right down the street."…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Stay at Large, Historic Home & Enjoy 5 Star BBQ
Stay at Large, Historic Home & Enjoy 5 Star BBQ
Shepherdstown, WV
The price is $89 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Situated in Shepherdstown, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Cress Creek Golf Club, Shepherd University, and Shepherdstown Opera House. Shepherdstown ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Historical Country Quaint

"Great historical house with a super friendly and accommodating owner! With the Potomac River a mile away, makes for a super fun summer day playing in the water!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Stay at Large, Historic Home & Enjoy 5 Star BBQ
Cozy Guest House With Swedish Sauna & 5 Star BBQ Hot tub Removed due to C V
Cozy Guest House With Swedish Sauna & 5 Star BBQ Hot tub Removed due to C V
Shepherdstown, WV
The price is $75 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Situated in Shepherdstown, this romantic vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Cress Creek Golf Club, Shepherd University, and Shepherdstown Opera House. Shepherdstown ...

3.5/5Good! (4 reviews)
Was a great location, a little TLC is needed

"Unfortunately COVID prevented use of the hot tube. A little more cleaning, but we cleaned so it was ok. The outside needed a little gardening but thats ok too. I've been working 6-days a week minimum 8-hour days, since March 15th. We did truly enjoy ourselves!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Cozy Guest House With Swedish Sauna & 5 Star BBQ Hot tub Removed due to C V
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Shepherdstown

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

4.5/5(264 reviews)

Browse exhibitions, hike across Civil War battlefields and take part in cooking, blacksmithing and tin-making workshops at this historic park.

Antietam National Battlefield
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Antietam National Battlefield

4.5/5(140 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Sharpsburg with a visit to Antietam National Battlefield. Stroll along the riverfront or seek out the hiking trails.

Top things to do in Shepherdstown

A Walking Tour of Frederick, Maryland - The Crossroads of Maryland
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A Walking Tour of Frederick, Maryland - The Crossroads of Maryland

$15
Per adult
Self-Guided Museum Tour
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Self-Guided Museum Tour

$5
Per adult
Half-Day Monocacy Battlefield Tour
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Half-Day Monocacy Battlefield Tour

$60
Per adult

Reviews of Shepherdstown

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Verified traveler

Aug 13, 2019

Train tracks are loud and run right through the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 16, 2019

Lovely little town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 10, 2019

Quaint little town with good food, shopping, history, buildings, and Shepherd University.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 27, 2019

Quaint little village with interesting local shops and restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 13, 2019

Quaint town French bistro great food!

5/5 - Excellent

Darlene

Apr 8, 2019

Beautiful walking paths. Nice shops also Near Antietam Battlefield and only about 20 minutes to Harpers Ferry.

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