SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 35
(By Senators Unger, Kessler (Mr. President), Prezioso, Miller, Klempa and Stollings)
Recognizing the town of Shepherdstown on the occasion of its 250th anniversary.
Whereas, The lands just to the north of the Pack Horse Ford on the southern banks of the Cohongoroota (Potowmac) River at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley were among the first areas settled by European Colonists in what is now known as West Virginia during the earliest years of the 18th Century; and
Whereas, These lands lie in and around the town now known as Shepherdstown; and
Whereas, Col. Thomas Shepherd was granted 222 acres of these lands in 1734, built a mill at this location, and proceeded to lay out a town encompassing some 50 acres; and
Whereas, This town was formally incorporated in 1762 as the town of Mecklenburg, later changed to Shepherdstown; and
Whereas, This town has had a long, rich history that includes many notable occurrences, such as in 1775, when General George Washington issued a call for "Virginia Volunteer Riflemen". This famous "Beeline March to Cambridge" covered 600 miles in 24 days; and
Whereas, The first successful trial of James Rumsey's steamboat in 1787, and the publication of the first book and newspaper in what is now known as West Virginia in the 1790s; and
Whereas, The town of Shepherdstown this year is formally honoring that history by celebrating the 250th anniversary of its incorporation; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes the town of Shepherdstown on the occasion of its 250th anniversary; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate officials representing the town of Shepherdstown.