1517 Festival 2016

1517 Festival 2016

As the entire state knows, the devastating floods that ravaged the lower half of West Virginia have been testing the limits of everyone’s will-power. Between the relief efforts, and the manpower used to help evacuate the counties in need the times have been tough. The efforts of the brave men and women cannot be praised enough!

There have been many events going on to help those people in need, and also, lots of upcoming events will be donating some of their proceeds to the flood victims. One such of these events will be held right in our own backyard, in a little town chalked full of history!

Shepherdstown WV will be hosting The 1517 Festival – Renaissance Fair tomorrow Saturday the 15th. The event will take place all across town, up and down main street, even venturing up into the campus of Shepherd University right off of King Street.

1517 Festival 2016

On the steps of Knutti Hall, located right behind the infamous McMurran Hall and “the wall“, the troupe The Rude Mechanicals will be preforming a mystery play: “The Healing of the Blind Man”. While on the lawn of the Hall there will be historic longsword fencing and social dancing of the 15th Century in the mid afternoon.

Throughout the day there will be various events taking place. Here is a summed up list of some of the events around town:

7am to 11am – Pancake Breakfast provided by New Street United Methodist Church

10am to 2pm – Open House with Historic Tour and refreshments at New Street UMC

11:30am to 2:30pm – Medieval Apothecary Tincture & Tea at Tonic Herb Shop at 140 E German St, at the end of the block.

11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:3opm – Children’s Story, at the children’s area, by Four Seasons Books

Don’t forget to visits the Main Stage  for all your 15th Century musical needs. All day will feature musical stylings from the era with various instruments and vocal talents. On the Acoustic Stage will play a more Celtic style of music.
Admission is FREE, just bring money for all the creative crafts and yummy food provided by all the local shoppes! As a reminder, all proceeds made by church sales and food will be donated directly to the West Virginia Flood Relief effort.

Can’t Wait To See You There at the 1517 Festival 2016!

Biking In and Around Shepherdstown, WV

Biking In and Around Shepherdstown, WV

Biking In and Around Shepherdstown

Spring is the perfect season for bike riding. Warmer temperatures and budding trees provide the perfect backdrop for hours of outdoor fun! Whether you’re a road bike enthusiast or fat-tire trailblazer, Shepherdstown and the surrounding area offer a variety of fun trails for the leisure rider, the weekend warrior, and the battle-hardened serious rider.

c&0canal If fat-tire mountain bikes are your preferred mode of transportation, there are many off-road paths and courses in the area that vary from leisurely rides to extremely difficult treks. Just take a quick hop across the Potomac over to the C & O National Park, and you will find the C & O towpath, which runs 184 miles from Cumberland, MD all the way down to Georgetown in Washington DC. The path is relatively flat and well maintained with some breathtaking views; riders often especially enjoy the beautiful Harpers Ferry National Park section of the tow path.

mountain biking For the more adventurous, thrill-seeking bunch who believe that mountain biking should actually involve mountains, there is the Boonsboro Greenbriar State Park which offers nine different trails through rugged mountainous terrain. The Red Trail (a 4.5 mile loop) will test the most skilled riders! There are a variety of state parks in the area – particularly in Maryland – with mountain biking trails. Just make sure to call the park you’re planning to visit before heading out, since not all parks and trails allow mountain biking.

ShepherdstownFor the road bike enthusiast, the back roads around Shepherdstown offer scenic courses with very little car and truck traffic. Plan your route carefully. Some roads (such as the more congested routes of Routes 45, 480, 230 and Flowing Spring Road) are heavily traveled and have very narrow shoulders.

Antietam National ParkIf you don’t want to battle cars and trucks, Antietam National Park is a quick five minute ride across the Potomac into Maryland. The wide roads and speed-controlled traffic offer a less stressful biking experience. However, be forewarned: there are some difficult hills to navigate.

W & OD TrailAnother option for those looking to bike without the stressful presence of vehicle traffic is the W & OD trail which runs from Purcellville, VA in Loudoun County forty-five miles to Arlington County right outside Washington DC. The trail offers an interesting transition from rural countryside of Loudoun County to the suburbs of Fairfax County, all the way to the cityscape backdrop of Arlington County.

Peddle & PaddleShepherdstown Pedal & Paddle is a full service bike shop located in the historic district of Shepherdstown. They offer new bike sales, service and maintenance packages, repairs, and bike fitting. If you don’t own a bike and want to experience Shepherdstown by bike, they offer a variety of rentals.

Looking to refuel after a grueling day on the road or up and down a mountain? Look no further than Mellow Moods located on German Street in historic Shepherdstown. They offer a mix of fresh and healthy drink and food choices, as well as catering possibilities for your biking excursion. The Blue Moon Cafe is another great local refueling stop located on Princess Street. An outdoor patio with tons of salad and delicious sandwich choices – as well as a variety of tasty local libations – makes this a perfect stop to breathe and relax.

If a weekend trip is in the cards, there are a number of places to stay in Shepherdstown including The Barvarian Inn, The Clarion Hotel, and The Thomas Shepherd Inn.

Shepherdstown (and the surrounding area) is truly a fantastic destination for biking enthusiasts! Contact Linda Kilroy of Linda Kilroy Real Estate at (304) 725-1145 to learn how you can become part of this great community.

Photo Credit: Nemo, Adam Fagen, Karin, Frank Kovalchek, and Chronographia von Strangehour

Maddex Farm in Shepherdstown WV

maddex farm in shepherdstown wv

Maddex Farm in Shepherdstown WV

Maddex Farm is a wonderful neighborhood located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The neighborhood offers 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom homes with many different floor plans by Ryan Homes. The homes range from 2,300-3,100 square feet.

maddex farm in shepherdstown wv The neighborhood is located right next to Shepherd University, a state-funded liberal arts university. It is also located very near to a Food Lion grocery store, Rite Aid, McDonald’s, and other local establishments. One local favorite is King’s Pizza, a family-run pizzeria that serves up some delicious Italian food.

maddex farm in shepherdstown wv Maddex Farm is also just a couple minute drive from downtown Shepherdstown, which is full of unique little shops and restaurants. This artsy town is full of culture, entertainment, and history.

This neighborhood is also ideal for commuters travelling to the Washington, D.C. area. It is only a five minute drive to the MARC train station.

For more information on homes in Maddex Farm and surrounding areas, contact Linda’s Team at (304) 725-1145

Running Events Jefferson County West Virginia

 runHave you ever wondered about running events in Jefferson County West Virginia? Jefferson County provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of running events. Whether raising money for charitable causes or attempting to break the world record in the 5k, runners of all levels will enjoy the ideal weather conditions, the history, and charming hospitality of Shepherdstown, Charles Town, and Harper’s Ferry.


freedom's runFreedom’s Run, on October 12, 2013 is the premiere fall running event in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The event is hosted and presented by Shepherd University, The Shepherd Wellness Center, the Robert C. Byrd Heath Sciences Center Eastern Division, and the West Virginia University Hospitals East. The event includes a marathon, half-marathon, 10k, 5k, and a kid’s Fun Run.

 The marathon course starts in the historic Civil War town of Harper’s Ferry in Harper’s Ferry National Park, and then winds up the Maryland side of the Potomac River through the C & O Canal Historical National Park. A section of the race goes through the Antietam National Battlefield before swinging back across the Potomac into West Virginia, and finishing in Shepherdstown. The half-marathon, 10k, 5k, and kid’s Fun Run start and finish in Shepherdstown.

The Freedom’s Run marathon is a full service event sanctioned and certified by the USATF and an official qualifying event for the prestigious Boston Marathon.


this race is for the birds In early spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown along with the Potomac Valley Audubon Society hosts “This Race is for the Birds”. There’s a 4+ mile trail race, a 7+ mile trail race, a 2 mile ‘Eagle nest’ jog/walk, and a 1 mile ‘fun run’ for children under 10.

 The courses run along trails through forests and fields along the Potomac River that are not normally open to the public. Beautiful spring wildflowers line the course. Plus, participants get to see an active bald eagle’s nest!


harpers ferry half marathon In May, the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon, 4 mile trail run, and Kid’s Run takes place in historic Harpers Ferry. The challenging half marathon course winds through Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and along trails and roads with expansive views of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. The race is presented by Two Rivers Treads, River Riders, and Two Rivers Heritage. The Kid’s Run is free for children under 10 years old.

 Last year’s event benefitted two local non-profit organizations: Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children (EPIC) which helps children with autism; and the Outdoor Education Center of For Love of Children (OEC of FLOC) which helps healthy character development for youths and adults in an outdoor classroom.


Shepherdstown, Charles Town, and Harpers Ferry are not just great communities to raise a family, they’re great places to raise a healthy family. Visit Linda Kilroy Real Estate to find out more about purchasing a home in this great area in West Virginia. Also, please attend the running events in Jefferson County West Virginia.