Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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Shepherdstown is a town in Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA. Shepherdstown claims to be the oldest town in the state. In 1734, Thomas Shepherd was granted 222 acres (0.9 km2), on the south side of the Potomac river. From that tract, he selected 50 acres (200,000 m2) and laid out a town. He named his town Mecklenburg and petitioned the Virginia Assembly for a charter. It was officially chartered in 1762 by the Virginia General Assembly. Thomas Shepherd was the sole trustee. He owned the town and had the responsibility to conduct its government. In 1798 it was renamed Shepherds Town, which was shortened to Shepherdstown after the Civil War. The town's population was 1208 as of 2002. The town is also home to Shepherd University.



Shepherdstown is located at 39°25′55″N 77°48′22″W / 39.43194°N 77.80611°W / 39.43194; -77.80611 (39.432005, -77.806108)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 km² (0.4 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000 and excluding Shepherd University's resident student population, there were 803 people, 410 households, and 168 families residing in the town. The population density was 861.2/km² (2,217.7/mi²). There were 454 housing units at an average density of 486.9/km² (1,253.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 80.20% White, 17.19% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

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