Living on the East Coast, I have access to some pretty neat, historical locations all around me. One of my favorite towns to visit is Shepherdstown, the oldest town in WV. If you’re a fan of the cable network TLC you may have seen this little town featured recently. It was part of a series titled, Ghosts of Shepherdstown. My family lived in Shepherdstown for the first few years of my life, and then moved to the outskirts of the town in my later years. It’s an adorable town that’s full of memories for me and one of my favorites places to take the family.
We have been so busy lately that our family time has really been lacking. Orin and I decided to take the day off last Friday and spend the entire day together as a family. We packed up the kids, my phil&teds smart stroller, and headed out for a fun day visiting all of our favorite places in Shepherdstown.
The Shepherdstown Library
I put this first on the list because it’s first in my heart. My mother would take us to the library at least every other week to check out new books and I love to take our kids to the library now. We don’t always make it to this particular library, but I love to stop in when I get the chance. The Shepherdstown Public Library was established in 1922 by the Shepherdstown Women’s Club. The very distinctive building is West Virginia’s longest continuously occupied library building. Another interesting fact is that it was used as a hospital during the Civil War (it’s located very close to Antietam Battlefield). The entire second floor of the library is dedicated to children and the librarians work hard to plan activities for the local children. Many weekday mornings you’ll find that the front of the library has turned into a parking lot of strollers!
The Sweet Shop Bakery
Directly next to the library is The Sweet Shop Bakery. Growing up, sometimes we would stop by The Sweet Shop Bakery for cinnamon buns. Let me tell you, Cinnabon has nothing on them! These days I’ve been told they only make the cinnamon buns on very special occasions, but I still love to stop in there for a homemade dessert. This is one stop the kids will never complain about either! To Zellene’s delight, on our last trip they had cupcakes with Oreos on them! When you visit Shepherdstown, you must stop here!
The Little House
The Little House is an adorable child-sized home built in the 1920’s by a professor at the local college. It’s absolutely adorable and is filled with child-sized furnishings. On special occasions it is open to the public to explore inside, but when not open, our children still love to peer through the windows and point out all of the cute things inside. You can read more about the history of the The Little House here.
Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown is just downright stunning! They don’t build churches like this anymore. Trinity Episcopal Church was built and consecrated in 1859! During the Civil War, since Shepherdstown changed hands a few times, one week the church might be full of Confederate soldiers, while the next week it was full of Union soldiers. With it’s gorgeous stone work and striking red doors, it’s a frequent stop for photography enthusiasts in the area. When I was a child I attended an after-school program at this church, so it will always hold fond memories for me.
West German Street
When you visit Shepherdstown, plan for a full day of walking up and down West German Street. There are small businesses along both sides where you’ll find a number of unique items – no chain stores here! Outside many of the shops you’ll find water bowls that have been set out for dogs and friendly shop owners that will chat with you as you pass by. It’s one of the most welcoming small towns I’ve ever encountered. Up on the Hill is one of the local shops our whole family enjoys stopping at. The amazing aroma of the all-natural soaps makes it feel so warm and cozy. It’s an adorable store for kids where you’ll find unique toys, clothes, cloth diapers, and more. There are a few displays so children can play while you shop and friendly staff always on hand. Stop for lunch at Mellow Moods, Look in Pop’s Attic for antique treasures, and finish out your day with some gourmet popcorn at Mountaineer Popcorn Company.
The phil&teds smart stroller proved to be a great choice for our day out. It was my first full-day outing with this stroller, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I love, love, LOVE that the brake is on the handle rather than down by the back wheels. I can’t explain it – it doesn’t sound like it would make that much of a difference where the brake is located, but my husband and I both agreed that having it up where would could engage it with a hand, rather than a foot, was a feature that really made sense and made things easier. The stroller handled the brick sidewalks and uneven roads like a champ. It was easy to turn and maneuver thanks to it’s slimmer profile, even in the small shops. The adjustable handle could be lowered so my oldest daughter could help push the stroller with ease. The cargo bag provided ample storage and the extra large canopy provided protection when the wind would pick up. The phil&teds smart is a great option for anyone looking for a city-ready stroller! It’s compact and ready to go!
We had such a fun day exploring Shepherdstown together as a family – I hope you’ve enjoying seeing it through our eyes and that you’ll stop in and visit this adorable town too, should you ever get the chance!
Disclosure: I have partnered with phil&teds for this post and was provided with a smart stroller at no cost. All opinions are my own.