Fast Facts About Eastern Panhandle West Virginia
Location: The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is a narrow stretch of territory in the northeast of the state bordering Maryland to the north and Virginia to the south.
Population: 260,000 (2007-approx). Berkeley is the most populous county, (100,000), which includes the Panhandle’s largest city, Martinsburg. ( 20,000).
Ancient: West Virginia’s oldest chartered towns (Sheperdstown and Romney—1762) are located in the Panhandle, as are its two oldest counties: Hampshire (1753) and Berkeley (1772).
Historic: The Eastern Panhandle is home to 249 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This represents 27% of the total statewide.
Proximate: The Panhandle is proximate to many major cities in the region. From Jefferson County, Washington DC is only 58 miles away. Other sample distances: Baltimore, MD: 67 miles; Harrisburg, PA: 100 miles; Charlottesville, VA: 129 miles.
Rural Charm: The Panhandle is full of natural wonders and rural charm. The Appalachian Trail winds through the region, as does the Washington Heritage Trail. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a local landmark.
Fast Growing: The Panhandle is West Virginia’s fastest growing region for population and housing.
Easy Access: Local airports include Eastern Panhandle Regional, plus Hagerstown Maryland and Winchester Virginia (40 min. drive). International airports include Dulles (DC—1 hr drive), BWI (MD—90 min. drive), Reagan National (DC—90 min. drive).