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Historic Sites and Museums

The Bavarian Inn and Shepherdstown are located in an area rich with history. Shepherdstown, the oldest town in West Virginia, is very rich in history of its own. Visit the Rumsey Monument, in honor of James Rumsey the founder of the steam boat engine. Stroll the streets of Historic Shepherdstown much which served as a hospital for wounded soldiers during the civil war. You can learn much more by visiting the Historic Shepherdstown Museum during your stay. Also the Shepherdstown Visitors Center is the perfect place to pick up a walking tour brochure.
6 miles from the Inn is  Antietam Battlefield National Park known as the single bloodiest day in the Civil War. 12 miles away is Harpers Ferry National Park, famous for the capture of abolitionist John Brown. The park is a living history museum with exhibits, shops, and great restaurants. While in Harpers Ferry challenge yourself with a hike to Maryland Heights. The reward at the top is the breath-taking view of the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Thomas Jefferson was quoted as saying that the view from Maryland Heights was alone worth the trip to America from England to see such beauty.
Within easy walking distance just across the Potomac River Bridge is Ferry Hill Plantation. and the C+O Canal also operated by the National Park Service.