Standing stately on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, Shepherdstown, VA is the second oldest town in West Virginia after Romney, which incorporated thirty minutes earlier. Never mind, though -- if Shepherdstown isn’t the oldest town in the state, it may be the most haunted. Spirits have been sighted at no fewer than five buildings in town. The friendliest of the ghosts can be found in the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop and Bakery, allegedly haunted by the shade of a Civil War colonel checking in on his men. Spooks aside, their rum balls are delicious, and your pooch is welcome to join you (and any spectres that might be hanging around) outside.
Whether you’re skeptical or superstitious, it’s hard to deny that Shepherdstown is a lovely place to live! The area is safe and family-friendly, but the nearby university lends the town a young, dynamic vibe. Shepherdstown doesn’t have its own dog park, but it’s still a fabulously fur-friendly place! Visit in April and you and your pooch check out the town’s DogFest, and even try your luck in the Flyball competition. Morgan Park is a furrific spot for a leashed walk, and if your buddy yearns to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find some pawesome dog parks a little fur-ther afield!
Shepherdstown also has a more concrete claim to fame -- the town was the test site of America’s first steamboat, launched on the Potomac River by its inventor, James Rumsey. Rumsey was in discussions with George Washington about potential military uses for the boat, and at the time, Shepherdstown was just isolated enough for the engineer to conduct tests in secret. The town pays homage to Rumsey with a monument overlooking the river -- entrance is free, and your pooch is welcome as long as they're leashed! You’ll also find a short walking path with gorgeous views over the water -- you’d be barking mad not to go!