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Shepherdstown is a town in Jefferson County, in the Washington-Arlington metro area.

The community was named for Thomas Shepherd, settler

The latitude of Shepherdstown is 39.43N. The longitude is -77.804W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 400 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 803.


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Median household income
Local
$40,750
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Shepherdstown demographic reports
Shepherdstown is on the Potomac River.
Former and merged names include:
· New Mecklenburg
· Mecklenburg
During the Civil War, the town was overwhelmed with thousands of wounded soldiers from the Battle of Antietam. Three days later, on Sept. 20, 1862, the fighting moved to Shepherdstown. More than 100 Confederate soldiers died here and were buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Early experiments with steam-powered boats occurred here, almost 20 years before Robert Fulton launched the Clermont

Settled by German immigrants around 1730.The German influence in the community dates to its founding. The main thoroughfare is still called German Street.
Ranked No. 18 on 50 Best Places to Live list by Men's Journal magazine, 2002
Local festivals include:
  • American Conservation Film Festival - Nov. 1-4, 2007
  • Sotto Voce Poetry Festival - Oct. 5-6, 2007
Dates often change. Check Shepherdstown web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Appalachian Trail
Historic routes: Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
Historic sites and museums: Historic Shepherdstown Museum
Colleges and universities: Shepherd College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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19% of Shepherdstown residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Shepherdstown ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Shepherdstown was $28,539, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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49% of Shepherdstown residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Shepherdstown include Shepherdstown Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Shepherdstown, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $467.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,098.


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Jefferson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Shepherdstown political report.

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The average commute time for Shepherdstown workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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