County Historic Landmarks Commission Continues Restoration Efforts at Shepherdstown Battlefield

House Demolition Next Step in Process

Contact: Martin Burke, Chair, Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission
(304) 876-3883,

For immediate release: April 13, 2016

Shepherdstown, WV –The Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission (JCHLC), in a partnership with the Civil War Trust, has acquired two additional properties totaling 2.6 acres on the Shepherdstown Battlefield. The two contiguous lots add to the previously preserved 22 acres already owned by JCHLC. Each property contains one unoccupied dwelling, neither of which was present at the time of the September 19-20, 1862 battle. One of those homes will be demolished in the continuing effort to restore the battlefield landscape.  The house is located near the intersection of River and Trough Roads in Shepherdstown and demolition is scheduled to take place in late May or early June.

The land where the modern structure rests is where Federal regiments emerged from the Potomac River’s Pack Horse Ford in pursuit of  Robert E. Lee’s retreating Army following the Battle of Antietam.  In the final stages of the fighting on September 20 several Union regiments retreated back through the river under heavy fire.

Funding for the project has been secured through the generosity of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation and the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association. Any persons who would like more information about this project, please email JCHLC at