Jefferson County, named after the author of the “Declaration of Independence” and third president Thomas Jefferson, was established on October 26, 1801. Years earlier, Jefferson had stood on a rock high above the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers at Harpers Ferry. In his Notes on the State of Virginia, he remarked that this view was "worth a trip across the Atlantic."
The view is still breathtaking, and Jefferson County is still worth the trip.
Located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, Jefferson is the easternmost county in the state, bounded by the Potomac River, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Opecquon Creek.
Charles Town, named after George Washington´s brother, is the county seat. The town sits on land once owned by the family and five Washingtonian residences still remain intact to this day.
Harpers Ferry, which is located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, was the site of John Brown´s raid in 1859.
Shepherdstown, one of the oldest towns in the state, was first settled around 1720 and is home to Shepherd University.
It´s no wonder Jefferson County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Come take a look at the beautiful scenery. You might find yourself just as enchanted with the area as our founding fathers once were.