Historic homes presentation set
SHEPHERDSTOWN – Between September 2009 and June 2010, the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Men’s Club of Shepherdstown hosted a series of presentations by local experts on aspects of Jefferson County History.
Beginning this month, the series will be re-energized and expanded geographically with a presentation titled “Researching Historic Homes in the Eastern Panhandle, with examples of pre-1801 homes built in present-day Jefferson County” by noted local historian Don Wood, co-hosted by the Society and the Charles Town Historic Landmarks Commission, sponsor of the Charles Town Heritage Festival.
Wood’s presentation is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in the upstairs courtroom of the Jefferson County Courthouse at the corner of George and Washington streets in Charles Town. The presentation will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a public reception for Wood at the courthouse.
Wood, a Berkeley County native, has been preserving and protecting the history and culture of the Eastern Panhandle for more than 40 years. In one way or another, he is responsible for the rebuilding in 1975 of the Morgan Cabin, one of the oldest structures in West Virginia; preserving the Belle Boyd House and its associated buildings in Martinsburg; recovering the 1738 Quaker Cemetery and preserving several private cemeteries; having 3,000 properties placed on the National Register of Historic Places; and securing for Berkeley and Jefferson counties at least half of all historic preservation grants awarded by the state.