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During the Civil War, Shepherdstown (then being called Shepherd’s Town) was overrun by close to 8,000 wounded soldiers from the Battle of Antietam. Over 285 Confederate soldiers are buried in Shepherdstown and there is now a walking tour for those interested in the aftermath of the horrible fight at Antietam Creek.
A Night at the Movies
Following a stroll on the walking tour, visitors can enjoy catching a movie at the Shepherdstown Opera House. This movie theater was built in 1909 and was one of the first theaters in the nation. After being renovated in 1992, this theater now plays modern movies while still keeping its turn-of-the-century charm.
After the movie, stop by Shaharazade’s Exotic Tea Room and try one of 40 different teas from around the world. Shaharazade’s also offers fruit salads, grilled sandwiches, and many other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Or if you’re in the mood for more substantial fare, head off to the Yellow Brick Bank, an upscale restaurant specializing in northern Italian and American cuisine. Diners love their beef and chicken and many recommend the corn chowder.
Following the delicious meal, remember that Shepherdstown’s many hotels offer the perfect place to lie down and rest. The Bavarian Inn blends fine dining, elegant rooms, verdant golf greens, and a hint of Old World Germany to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Oenophiles will be pleased to know that the Bavarian Inn has a selection of over 600 wines from around the world. Lodgers may play a round of golf at nearby Cress Creek Golf Club then cool down with a dip in the pool.
If today’s fast-paced world gets to be too much, visit the Thomas Shepherd Inn and stay in one of its lushly decorated rooms. This is truly an inn devoted to a simpler way of life and none of its six guest rooms have televisions in them. However, guests may choose to stay connected by the inn’s wireless network or the one television in the lounge. Complete with a delicious breakfast in the morning, this bed and breakfast makes returning home almost impossible.
But quaint inns, charming B & B’s, and beautiful sights are only a few reasons to visit this small town gem though. Numerous local shops dot the landscape and offer everything from baby clothing to fresh fruit and vegetables. So remember, when life on the Beltway gets to be too hectic and stressful, you only have to drive 80 miles to feel worlds away.
For more information, visit the Jefferson County Convention & Visitors Bureau or the Shepherdstown Visitors Center.
Shepherdstown Visitors Center
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