The Eastern Panhandle is so rich with history that it’s hard to narrow it down to just 11 places, but we did it. What else should be on this list? Tell us in the comments.
1. John Brown’s Arsenal in Harpers Ferry
ICYMI here’s what happened in Harper’s Ferry. Though I bet you went on a field trip here.
2. The B&O Round House in Martinsburg
It was active until the late 1980’s and is now a National Historic Landmark. Learn more here.
3. Hedgesville Town Spring
Before the town was settled, it was a meeting place for Native Americans. Legend says that “whoever drinks from the spring will always return.”
4. The Confederate Cemetery in Shepherdstown
Elmwood Cemetery is the final resting place for over 250 Confederate soldiers.
5. Civil War graffiti inside Bunker Hill’s Morgan Chapel
The church once served as a hospital for troops. A couple of years ago, workers discovered doodles and personal messages left by Civil War soldiers.
6. Claymont Mansion in Jefferson County
The 34-room mansion was built in the 1840’s using 90 slaves. Today it’s used as an event and retreat space.
7. Happy Retreat in Charles Town
It’s one of several properties in Jefferson County built by family members of George Washington.
8. Paw Paw Tunnel
This hand-carved tunnel is the largest man-made structure on the historic C&O Canal and was once considered a wonder of the world.
9. Storer College in Harper’s Ferry
It was the first African American college in West Virginia but closed in 1955. Today it’s part of Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park.
10. Washington Heritage Trail
Too great to go into detail here, but 136 mile National Scenic Byway through the Eastern Panhandle has more than 40 official sites.
11. George Washington’s Bathtub at Berkeley Springs State Park
Soak in the natural mineral water or visit replica of George Washington’s bathtub, who was a frequent visitor.