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!

Shepherdstown WV Listings

Shepherdstown

Shepherdstown WV Listings

Shepherdstown

Shepherdstown, West Virginia is a beautiful town located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. It is situated in Jefferson County with a population of 10,145 people according to the 2010 Census.

Shepherdstown is home to Shepherd University, a liberal arts university that offers a wide variety of programs. The college town is beautiful to walk around, and there are always events taking place on campus that are open to the community.

Downtown Shepherdstown is a unique place that you will easily fall in love with. The eclectic shops and restaurants are sure to become your new favorites. With everything from coffee shops to Mediterranean food to handmade craft shops, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Opera House Live located downtown is a host to many different musicians and performances, and you can find local musicians playing at several open mics in the town, including a local favorite at The Blue Moon.

Shepherdstown is also home to Morgan’s Grove Park, which is a family favorite. There are a variety of activities children and adults can participate in at this park. Shepherdstown is also located along the Potomac River, which provides for some beautiful views and some great opportunities for different water adventure activities. You can visit the Shepherdstown Visitors Center Website to learn more about fun things to do in the town.

Shepherdstown offers a variety of homes and communities. Whether you want to live close to the downtown area or if you prefer to live in a quiet neighborhood, Shepherdstown will suit your needs. Take a look at some of the homes that are currently being listed in Shepherdstown below. If you see one that interests you, give us a call, and we can help you get more information and set up a time to see the home. We can’t wait to get you in your new and beautiful Shepherdstown home.

The Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty (304) 725-1145

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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

Spring Day Trips in Jefferson County WV

Spring Day Trips in Jefferson County WV

Spring Day Trips in Jefferson County WV

Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town Areas

Spring Day Trips in Jefferson County WV  As the Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia begins to warm up after a long, cold winter, there are many opportunities to get out and have some fun! Here are some fantastic ideas for spring day trips in Jefferson County WV:

National Conservation Training Center

Get out those running or walking shoes and dust them off. On Saturday, April 5th The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is holding its annual “This Race is for the Birds!” This event is for everybody of all ages – runners and walkers alike.

The event will be held at the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center just outside Shepherdstown, WV. There will be timed races, easy walking strolls, and a fun run as well.

An added bonus to this event is that participants will get to check out areas of the Center that are rarely open to the public. You’ll be able to check out birds and wildlife in their natural habitat along the untamed forested banks of the Potomac River. The event starts at 9:00 am and ends at noon. After you’re done, you can head down to historic Shepherdstown for lunch and a bite to eat.

 Shopping in Shepherdstown

If you don’t visit historic Shepherdstown after the race, then certainly mark another day this spring to visit. You could spend a whole day shopping at many of the fun and quirky stores that can be found along German Street – and then you can stop in and enjoy lunch at one of the many fantastic restaurants in the historic district.

One restaurant to try is the Blue Moon Cafe. After a hard day shopping, hiking, or biking, it is a great place to relax; visitors can be seated in their outdoor dining room and enjoy a salad and awesome sandwich.

  Spring Day Trips in Jefferson County WV Harpers Ferry

Another fun day trip in the Eastern Panhandle is Harpers Ferry. Rich in pre-industrial architecture and civil war history, Harper’s Ferry is a great place to visit. The Canal House Cafe is one of many places visitors can stop for a bite to eat; they offer fresh bread and a variety of yummy sandwiches.

 Local Wineries

After a couple hours of shopping, visitors from Northern Virginia will want to stop at the great wineries on the other side of the Shenandoah River on their way back home. A few to try include Breaux Vineyards, Notaviva Vineyards, or Willowcroft Farm Vineyards. There’s nothing like sharing a bottle of Chardonnay on a springtime weekend afternoon on an outdoor terrace while looking out at the Loudoun Valley below!

 Local Parks

Another great springtime day trip is going to explore one of the three national parks that are within a ten mile radius of Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry National Park (which includes historic Harpers Ferry), the C&O Canal National Park which has a long level trails for bike riding and the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD, which commemorates the end of General Lee’s invasion of the north.

Spring Day Trips in Jefferson County WV Jefferson County and the surrounding areas are not only rich with history, but offer a lot in the way of outdoor fun, which is exemplified through these fun spring day trips in Jefferson County WV. This is truly a wonderful area not only to visit but to live as well. If you’re interested in buying a house in the Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Charles Town, or Martinsburg areas, please contact Linda Kilroy. She’s an expert in real estate and can start you on your way to home ownership in West Virginia.