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The site of one of the earliest settlements in West Virginia, Shepherdstown was established by English and German farmers who had crossed the river from Pennsylvania into this area before 1730. The legal grant to the land was purchased by Thomas Shepherd in 1732.

Originally named Mecklenburg, the name was changed to Shepherdstown in 1798. While in Shepherdstown in 1787, James Rumsey gave the first public exhibition of his steamboat. A monument on the banks of the Potomac commemorates this successful demonstration. Shepherdstown is part of the Washington metro area.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Washington DC March20-April14 The nation’s greatest springtime celebration unites for four spectacular weekends including the Cherry Blossom Parade.
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Maryland Faerie Festival Darlington MD May10-12 The Maryland Faerie Festival celebrates the Faeries in an atmosphere and with entertainment inspired by Faerie folklore and literature.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival Bethesda MD May11-12 Delight in fine art created by 130 of nation's best artists, live entertainment and Bethesda restaurants.
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