Jefferson County - Then & Now : The Changing Face of Jefferson County

In photographs dating from 1861 to 2015, this virtual exhibit shows the changing face of Jefferson County, situated in the northern Shenandoah Valley and Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Jefferson County was part of the commonwealth of Virginia until 1863, when, in the middle of the Civil War, it became part of the newly formed state of West Virginia.

Vintage photographs of buildings and scenes in Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, and elsewhere in the county, are coupled with early 21st century photographs of the same sites, illustrating the many changes that have occurred in the county over the past 150 years.

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Jefferson County - Then & Now
Looking west on Washington Street before 1919
Looking east on Washington Street, prior to 1904