Friday, August 28, 2015

Small Town Heartfelt Home: Farmgirl Sisterhood Friday Post 14

Small Town Heartfelt Home

Farmgirl Sisterhood Friday Post 14




Do you daydream about towns like Andy Taylor’s Mayberry and George Bailey’s Bedford Falls? Do you wonder if they still exist? Yes, across America and far away many quaint small towns burst with big character.  One of them is just 20 minutes down the road from my home. Shepherdstown, West Virginia is richly populated with picturesque, historic, salt-of-the-earth people that will steal your heart away.

I attend many events in Shepherdstown. On the second Tuesday of the month, I attend Storytellers at the War Memorial Building.  Yet, it is the connections with the locals that have built this thriving community. Sure it is home to the acclaimed Contemporary American Theater Festival, but also several unique restaurants, and shops galore.  

 I could spend an entire day walking the many side streets but it is the wave from the front porch, the smile from Sam at the school of music, and projects shared from the yarn shop. The comic book store gathers weekly to host card and board games. Shepherdstown is a haven for the creative arts and amazing front porches. 

I especially like the sense of community that Shepherdstown welcomes you with. The chief of police walked me to my car one night after a SPEAK performance. Moreover, I appreciate the variety of cultural influence from younger University students to the well-known authors and musicians.  

History is abundant here. Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762 – which makes it nearly thirty years older than the United States. The town, and its surrounding area, also holds a unique place in American history. 

In 1787, James Rumsey conducted a successful trial of his new invention, the steamboat, in the Potomac River at the north end of Princess Street. Soldiers from the Shepherdstown area joined George Washington in New England after the Beeline March. 

Local residents witnessed some of the most famous battles in the Civil War. As Antietam raged, many of the homes and buildings in town served various purposes – often as makeshift hospitals. History buffs and regular travelers alike find Shepherdstown’s historical allure a perfect complement to the charm and variety readily abundant at every turn in town. 

If you visit the Shepherdstown Visitor Center or website, a self-guided walking tour of Shepherdstown is available. 

There is something special about small towns. Maybe it is the flags on the front porch, different culture, or the swings that have enjoyed the company of a neighbor with the latest news. 

Truth is, we all have special places that we hold dear to our heart but these places are really what we call “Home.” Sarah Dressen says it best in her book, What Happened to Goodbye

“Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”


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