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Charles Town, West Virginia

Located centrally in Jefferson County, Charles Town is only about 65 miles from the U.S Capitol in Washington DC. A historic town that was the site of the trial and hanging of abolitionist John Brown, Charles Town is becoming a vibrant country town but with an easy going lifestyle that is truly appreciated by those moving from the busy suburbs looking for greater value in a home or looking for a a safe and secure environment in which to live.

Moving to Jefferson County brings with it the opportunity to take advantage of recreational outdoor activities including hiking the nearby Appalachian Trail, River Rafting on the Shenandoah River or simply leisurely strolls along the C&O Canal towpath just steps from the historic section of Harpers Ferry. Charles Town also boasts a number of historic homes which are open for tour from time to time. If you are considering a move to our area take advantage of some of the links provided and see what our local communities have to offer?

Charles Town…Past

Charles Town was laid out in 1786 by Charles Washington, who donated the four corner lots at the intersection of George and Washington Streets for public buildings of the town and county. Charles died sometime between July and September, 1799, only a short while before the death of his brother, George.

Charles Town…Future

Charles Town has seen growth in many areas as the County tries to move away from being just a bedroom community serving the Washginton DC metro area to having its own locally driven economy. Recent developments have included substantial expansion by one of the areas largest employers, the American Public University which has numersous offices in and around Charles Town. Most recently we have seen the addition of table games to the Hollywood Casino which has been home to thoroughbred horse racing for many years and a large “slots” parlor all operated by Penn national Gaming

Useful Information

Links To Local Government & Amenities

MAYOR|City Council
Charles Town City Hall
Water/Sewer and other Departments
(304) 725-2311
Jefferson County Tax Department
(304) 725-2312
County Commission|Plannning & Zoning
(304) 725-2312
Potomac Edison/First Energy
(800) 654-3317

Entertainment and Dining

The Old Opera House
The very best in Community Theatre
(304) 725-4420
Old Opera House website
Fine dining on Washington Street
(304) 728-8464
DISH Bistro website
The Final Cut Steakhouse
For the connoisseur in fine steaks at the Hollywood Casino
(304) 725-7001
Final Cut at Hollywood Casino
Alfredo’s Mediterranean Cafe
Great Mediterranean Dining
(304) 724-9992
Alfredo’s Mediterranean Cafe website

Things To Do

Walking, Hiking, Cycling, Golf

Parks and Recreation

(304) 728-3207

Jefferson County Parks and Recreation manages numerous facilities around the County including the Sam Michael’s Park, home to the WV Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival

Summit Point Motorsports


Enjoy SCCA motorsports, motorcycle events, exotic car owners club meets or try your hand at a driving course yourself

Visit The Harpers Ferry National Park

Spend an afternoon steeped in the history of the civil war Visiting this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. Enjoy a wide variety of experiences for visitors of all ages, so come and discover Harpers Ferry.
Harpers Ferry National Park on the web