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Abraham Shepherd Home

211 E. High Street , Shepherdstown, , 25443 Property Website Date Posted: July 10, 2018


Circa 1759

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About This Old House

In historic Shepherdstown, WV, this 1759 brick Federal, is adjacent to one of the oldest gristmills in WV. Original heart pine floors and doors throughout with spiral 3-story staircase. Updated with the latest conveniences: granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, jetted tub. Five fireplaces, original wooden windows, and large sunlit library. Mature landscaping in spacious yard with brick walkways, smokehouse and patio.
Southern exposure on quiet street. Walk everywhere! Two blocks to stores, fine dining, Opera House, university, park and Potomac River. Ten minutes from train station for MARC commuter line to DC.
The Historic Abraham Shepherd House …a Rich History
Captain Abraham Shepherd was a Patriot in the Revolutionary War, along with his four older brothers. They are believed to be the sole incidence of five brothers having all fought during the Revolution. Captain Shepherd distinguished himself in battle on numerous occasions. He was the ninth of ten children born to Shepherdstown, West Virginia, founder Thomas C. Shepherd, and his wife, Elizabeth (VanMeter). He married Eleanor (Strode) on December 27, 1780 and fathered six children. He died at the age of 69 on September 7, 1822.
Also of Note… From 1973 until his death in 1990, Ira Glackens, son of renowned artist William Glackens, lived in the Abraham Shepherd House. Ira was a noted historian with numerous books and articles to his credit. Ira hung his father’s paintings in the house until 1979. The silk screened wallpaper border in the dining room was made from plates brought back from Padua, Italy by Ira.
A Place to Call Home …Historic Shepherdstown is located in Jefferson County, West Virginia, along the Potomac River. Chartered in 1762 (predating the Revolutionary War), it is arguably the oldest town in the state. A mere 90 minutes from Washington, DC, yet a world away, the town offers an extraordinary blend of history, culture, nature, sporting activities, academia (home to Shepherd University), and entertainment. Among the many amenities here is the Contemporary American Theater Festival (http://catf.org ). This festival brings in world class playwrights and actors. Shepherdstown frequently garners a spot on “Best Of” lists for small town livability and great places to visit.

View of the Thomas Shepherd Grist Mill …..Having received 222 acres in a land grant from King George II, Thomas Shepherd founded and settled in Shepherdstown in 1732. Five years later the Thomas Shepherd Grist Mill was built. It was the largest milling facility in the area, drawing people from nearby states. During the high time of milling, the mill most likely had five burr wheels operating at the same time. There is one burr wheel present today, but all the gears are intact, so much so that with the installation of a few belts, the mill could grind grain once again. The structure is made of the finest stone work in the state of West Virginia. The overshot wheel was made by the Fitz Foundry in Martinsburg, WV in 1894 and at 40 feet in diameter, is the second largest overshot wheel in the world. The mill is registered on historic registers. It is on an adjacent private lot.

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