The Scenic and Historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

Charles Town, West Virginia

Charles Town is the county seat of Jefferson County, W. Va. it was founded by the brother of George Washington and chartered in 1786 by the Virginia General Assembly, but then became part of the newly-formed state of West Virginia in 1861. West Virginians had always seemed to understand the economic importance of its geographical location.

Charles Town was the scene of the trial and execution of John Brown, the famous slavery abolitionist whose raid on nearby Harpers Ferry is said to help spark the Civil War.  Two of the only three treason trials ever held in the United States were conducted at the Charles Town courthouse.

Today, Charles Town offers a number of art galleries, gift shops, historic homes, museums, battlefields and nearby hiking trails. There's also horse racing and gaming entertainment.  The Charles Town Race Track initially opened in 1933, then was renovated in 1999 and renamed Charles Town Races and Slots.

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