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Charles Town, West Virginia

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The count Seat of Jefferson County, Charles Town, WV, was originally chartered in 1788 and named for Charles Washington, bother of George Washington, who erected here his home, "Happy Retreat," later reconstructed and renamed "Mordington." Near Charles Town, at "Harewood," was the home of Samuel Washington, another brother of George Washington, where Dolly Payne Todd was married to James Madison, later President of the United States.

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Charles Town, WV

Charles Town, WV is located about: 6 miles west of Harpers Ferry, WV; 14 miles north of Shepherdstown, WV; 16 miles southeast of Martinsburg, WV; 23 miles northeast of Winchester, VA.and 34 miles south of Hagerstown, MD.

John Brown, famous abolitionist, was tried and executed in Charles Town. The town was the home of William L. Wilson, who, in 1896, while Postmaster General in President Cleveland's cabinet, established between Charles Town, Uvillia and Halltown the first rural free delivery service in the United States.


Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Charles Town Races & Slots



Spirit of Jefferson Advocate (weekly)

History: The Farmers' Repository, the first agricultural newspaper in present-day West Virginia was published by Richard Williams and William Brown in Charles Town in 1808.

Radio Stations

WMRE (AM 1550)


Shepherdstown Public Library


Jefferson County Schools



180px-Charles-Town-WV-Map.gif Map of Charles Town, WV showing streets and highways, and nearby airports, parks, hospitals, buildings, churches, cemeteries, trails and more; with link to driving directions.

Topo map of Charles Town, WV and vicinity



Census Data

Population: 2,907 (2000 Census)


Elevation: 540 feet
Longitude: -77.86
Latitude: 39.2889

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