Jefferson County WV: John Brown History

Jefferson County WV: John Brown History

Jefferson County WV: John Brown History
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Everything You Need to Know about John Brown in Jefferson County

Jefferson County WV: John Brown History – Are you a history buff? Then you’re in luck! Jefferson County is known for being a hub for all things history in the United States. In particular, Jefferson County is the location of much of the history surrounding John Brown.

Who was John Brown? And what did he do?

John Brown was a white American abolitionist who led a raid on the Harpers Ferry armory. His hope was to arm slaves so they could escape and become freed men. In 1859, he and a group of men attacked the armory and engaged in a battle that unfortunately did not have a successful ending. Locals had been tipped off about his plans and cornered he and his men (many of whom were slaves) in the armory.

What happened after the raid?

After the Marines and General Lee surrounded the armory, Brown refused to surrender and the armory doors were battered in. Brown and some of his men were captured and put in jail until a trial declared them guilty. They were sentenced to hang in December of 1859.

What still remains?

You can visit the armory in Harpers Ferry to see where the raid took place. In Charles Town, you’ll find the location of John Brown’s hanging, which is situated on the corner of Samuel and Hunter streets.

Visit the area and explore the unique history to has to offer! Interested in buying a home in Jefferson County? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Jefferson County WV: John Brown History

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas
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Things to do in Spring in the Eastern Panhandle

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas – Rain, rain, go away, come again another–on second thought, don’t come again for awhile! The Eastern Panhandle has seen an increase in rainfall this spring, and we’re ready to see it leave. But until summer comes, here are a few ways you can happily embrace this rainy spring season!

Have an Indoor Picnic 

Can’t get outside? Bring the picnic inside! Pick up your favorite foods from your locals farmers market (like the Charles Town Farmers Market or Orr’s Farm Market), like yummy ingredients for sandwiches and homemade sweet treats. Then head home and spread a blanket in your living room for a cozy indoor spring feast.

Go to the Movies

Rainy weather is the perfect time to hit up the local theater–in this case, Regal Martinsburg Stadium 10. Take advantage of it while you can. Soon the temperatures will rise, the sun will shine, you’ll be spending hours outside soaking up summer! For now, enjoy the familiarity of a movie and popcorn–the theater is always playing the newest releases.

Browse Antique Shops 

There is something so quaint and calming about sifting through antique shops in the pouring rain. Jump from puddle to puddle while you browse The Wooden Shoe Antiques, Needful Things and Junkwork Antiques in downtown Charles Town, or stop in to Patriot Antiques Center and Crim-De La-Crim in Martinsburg.

Visit the Library 

What better place to spend a rainy day than at the library? Curl up with a good book in a comfy chair and listen to the rain outside as you get lost in a story. Or, pick up DVD’s, audiobooks, or CD’s to pass the time at home. You’ll find all of this and more at your local libraries, such as gems like Charles Town Library and Martinsburg Public Library.

Take a Paint Class

Enjoy wine and a fun paint night with your friends or significant other at Urban Easel in Shepherdstown. You’ll feel relaxed and artistic as you create a beautiful painting to take home. Besides, who cares if it’s raining when you have wine?

Make the best of a rainy spring season with any of these date ideas. Want to buy a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors
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New Businesses at the Charles Town Farmers Market 2016

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors – April marked the beginning of the Charles Town Farmer’s Market season again, and residents are excited to welcome all of the wonderful new vendors! Take a look below for the some of the new offerings now available at the farmers market.

Walnut Hill Farm

For the first time ever, the market will soon have farm fresh, cream-line, whole, pasteurized milk. Walnut Hill Farm is a small, local family owned and operated in Kearneysville. Using registered Holstein and Brown Swiss cattle, farmers Mark and Donna and their son Justin produce all natural, non-homogenized milk for consumption. Their cows are fed GMO-free diets without added hormones.

The Cultured Leaf Kombucha

Only recently, kombucha has started to replace smoothies as the trendy drink of choice–and for good reason! Kombucha is a fermented probiotic-filled tea that has a unique taste and great health benefits. Owners of The Cultured Leaf, Jodi and Ryan, believe in sustainable, small batch production and living food.

Blue Mountain Farm

Dave, owner of this small-scale farm in Hedgesville, uses sustainable methods when it comes to produce and poultry. Blue Mountain Farm grows everything from arugula to zucchini, and plans to be at the market every single week.

Arcadian Furnishings

The market doesn’t just offer produce–it also offers home goods! Arcadian Furnishings specializes in rustic twig furniture. Owner, Tim, started woodworking at age fifteen, loves using unique wood types, and even makes smaller scale items like candle holders.

Mountaineer Popcorn Company

Located in the Shenandoah Valley, this company uses non-GMO corn only. In addition to standard popcorn flavors, Mountaineer Popcorn also make specialities like Peanut Butter Cup, Buffalo Wing, and Cookies and Cream, among others.

The Charles Town Farmers Market is located on S. Samuel Street in Charles Town and is open every Saturday from April through October, 8am until 12pm. Looking to buy a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Charles Town Farmers Market: New Vendors

Spring in Jefferson County

Spring in Jefferson County

Spring in Jefferson County

Spring in Jefferson County
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Spring is in the air in Jefferson County, West Virginia

Spring in Jefferson County: Spring is officially here, and we are so excited for what’s to come this season in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia! Here’s a brief look at some of the notable events, celebrations, and overall fun happening in the area in the coming months.

Friends Wilderness Center: This outdoor multipurpose space is offering a variety of spring-centered events, from a poetry workshop and wildflower foraging class to watercolor journaling and an evening studying the stars.

Charles Town Library: The library will celebrate Poetry Month & Earth Day with a Teen Poetry Slam & Poet’s Circle event on Friday, April 22 from 6-8pm. Register to compete in the slam or come to listen!

Jefferson County Little League: Opening Day for the local Little League is on Saturday, April 9 this year! Please see their calendar for details on games.

Charles Town’s WV Fest: Formerly known as the Heritage Festival, the WV Fest will be on Saturday, June 18 from 10am-4pm, with arts & crafts vendors, food, live music, and other educational activities.

Charles Town Farmer’s Market: The CTFM will open for the season on Saturday, April 16 at 8am. Come meet old and new friends, shop local and enjoy fresh spring produce!

Jefferson County Museum: The museum will reopen on Tuesday, April 12. On Saturday, April 16 from 1-4pm, the staff will hold a celebratory reception, where they will debut their four new exhibits to the public.

B.Vintage: A beloved favorite in downtown Charles Town, B.Vintage will be hosting a Chalk Paint 101 class on Sunday, April 2nd from 1-4pm.

No matter your interest, you’ll certainly find a variety of fun activities to keep you occupied while you celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring! Interested in purchasing a home in Jefferson County? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Spring in Jefferson County

Jefferson County Black History Month

Jefferson County Black History Month

Jefferson County Black History Month

Jefferson County Black History Month
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Black History Month Events & Goings-On in Jefferson County

Jefferson County Black History Month: An important part of history in Jefferson County, WV, many local organizations offer events, programs, and other goings-on each year for Black History Month. See more details below!

Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society: Each year in February, the JCBHPS offers a Black History Month Celebration, usually consisting of several events held throughout the month, such as tours of the African-American Heritage Trail, and museum exhibitions at the Webb-Blessing House, among other locations. Pleas contact JCBHPS directly for more information.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Special Exhibit: On February 7th, the park held a special exhibit in honor of Black History Month called, The Buffalo Soldier and the Birth of the National Park Service, which focuses on “the contributions made by the African-American troops who served as the first caretakers of our national parks.” With an open house in the second floor of the John Brown Museum, park ranger Reginald Murray served as the featured speaker. For more details, please contact 304-535-6029.

Charles Town Library & Jefferson County Museum Forum: On Feb. 25th at 4pm, the library & museum will host a public forum in honor of Black History Month called, “Before the Civil Rights Movement: Lived Experiences in Jefferson County.” The forum will feature local panelists, including James Taylor, George Rutherford, and James Tolbert,  in a discussion about what life was like prior to the 1960’s for the Black community. For more information, please contact ctlreads@frontier.com.

Beyond the month of February, Black history in Jefferson County is celebrated throughout the year with many events, with one of the largest being the African-American Cultural Heritage Festival hosted by the NAACP Jefferson County West Virginia Branch.

If you’re looking to purchase a home in Jefferson County, please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Jefferson County Black History Month

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia
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A brief look at some of the best shopping in Shepherdstown

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia: Located in Jefferson County, WV, Shepherdstown is a friendly little town with a creative spirit and sense of local camaraderie. Known for its artistic vibe and with its proximity to Shepherd University, the downtown area is a treasure many residents seek out on a daily basis.

Here are some of our favorite shops in Shepherdstown!

Dickinson & Wait Craft Gallery – Beautiful jewelry, hand-crafted woodwork, and a variety of interesting local art. This is a great place to find that special piece for your home.

German Street Coffee & Candlery – For over 20 years, owner Deborah Luksa has been curating a collection of gourmet chocolates, coffee, wine, candles, soap, and other small homewares. Her shop is a charming space full of enticing goodies.

Two Rivers Treads – Dubbed a minimalist shoe store, the shop stocks a carefully chosen array of sneakers, activewear, and accessories for the sports-minded individual. Great quality and personalized attention!

Four Seasons Books – A family owned business, they offer books for every reader. With an expansive children’s section and plethora of unique authors and genres, Four Seasons is a lovely place to send an afternoon lost in books.

The Good Shop – A clothing shop with a eco-friendly mindset. You’ll find natural fibers, wellmade brands, and affordable prices here, with an aesthetic that is clean, free-flowing and organic.

Grapes & Grains – For the wine lover in all of us. The shop offers over 2,100 different labels, as well as 800 beers, cheeses, crackers and gourmet chocolates.

If you’re thinking about moving to Shepherdstown, you’ve picked a great place. We can help you find the home of your dreams! Contact The Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling (304) 725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia

Charles Town Real Estate Market Report – July 2013

Charles Town Real Estate Market Report – July 2013
Charles Town Real Estate Market Report – July 2013

Charles Town Real Estate Market Report – July 2013

The Charles Town real estate market report-2013 shows that the market seems to be heating up this July, with a significant increase in home sales compared to this time last year.

Highlights from real estate sales for July 2013:

  •  Home sales for the month were up 78.95% over last year with a total of 34 homes sold.
  • Average sold price was $217,285.
  • Median home price was $204,950.
  • The time on the market remained fairly consistent, with an average of 61 days on the market in July 2013, compared to 63 days last year.
  • Sellers received an average of 98.1% of the list price, compared to 96.4% in July of last year.

 Contact Linda’s team at ERA Liberty Realty at (304) 725-1145 for information on homes sold in the Charles Town, WV area.

 Charles Town Real Estate Market Report July 2013