Shepherdstown dates back to 1762; Thomas Shepherd founded Mecklenburg, as it was known then, was a bustling little town of 100 by 1775, filled with millers, tanners, potters, smiths and other artisans who appreciated the six natural springs which feed Town Run as it enters the south of town. This small stream meanders through backyards, under houses, across alleys and beneath five streets.
Now a variety of boutiques dot the main thoroughfare: German Street.
Despite its bustling past, today, Shepherdstown is a quaint, college town with restaurants and boutiques, as well as historic homes lining its streets.
After walking up and down German Street and browsing the boutiques, we decided to enjoy a late afternoon lunch/dinner at Lilah’s, a dog friendly establishment that just seemed inviting. No, we didn’t have our dog with us, but we wished we did! It seemed that most of the shops and restaurants welcomed well-behaved tail-wagging friends!
Not only is it inviting, but with a menu offering sandwiches and entrees from hamburgers and wraps to pizzas to vegan entrees, it’s also worth visiting.
Then we continued our exploration, darting into an ice-cream shop for a cone.
After we explored the town, we kept driving, finding ourselves along River Road. Then we stumbled across some mysterious ruins by the Potomac River. What were they? Who lived, or worked, here? Why were they abandoned?
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