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.
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.
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