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Eastern Panhandle

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The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia follows the Potomac River and its branches northeastward from the central section of West Virginia. Many of the state's oldest historic areas are included in the panhandle, including the Revolutionary-era Berkeley_Springs and Harpers_Ferry_Historic_District.

The eastern end of the Eastern Pandhandle is near Washington D.C., and many wealthy Washingtonians live there and commute to work inside the beltway. Many villages in the panhandle maintain historic districts where early-American character has been restored. The panhandle is among the fastest growing regions in West Virginia.

The western end of the Eastern Panhandle is dominated by the breathtaking landscapes of the remote valleys of the South Branch of the Potomac River. Spectacular rock formations outcrop in the mountains beyond its well-tended pastures.

The Eastern Panhandle includes Pendleton County, Mineral County, Hardy County, Hampshire County, Morgan County, Berkeley County, Jefferson County, and part of Grant County.

Eastern Panhandle communities:

Harper's Ferry, WV
Martinsburg, WV
Shepherdstown, WV
Romney, WV
Keyser, WV
Moorefield, WV
Petersburg, WV
Franklin, WV

See also: Potomac Valley