A Town on the Crossroads of HistoryHistory passed through the town of Shepherdstown for centuries. Native Americans cross the Potowomack River at the ford below the bluffs. German settlers crossed at Packhorse Ford as they emigrated from Pennsylvania into Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, giving the name Mecklenburg to the town. In 1832, the C&O Canal arrived, providing a controlled transportation route to the west. The canal also brought businesses to town with a river lock, providing canal boats a means to cross to the Virginia town, then known as Shepherdstown.
|Placed By||Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 2:30am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 259009 N 4368961|
|Decimal Degrees||39.43651667, -77.80013333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 26.191', W 77° 48.008'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 26' 11.46" N, 77° 48' 0.48" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 16421-16473 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US|
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