Want to live in a family-centric community in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle? Then you’ve come to the right place at Kearneysville. This unincorporated community is situated both in Jefferson County in the state’s Eastern Panhandle. It is home to nearly 7,000 residents making it the 35th largest community in West Virginia.
Kearneysville is conveniently located near the intersections of West Virginia routes 480 and 9, between Charles Town and Martinsburg. Due to its central location, the community has been one of the county’s fastest-growing areas. No wonder, more Kearneysville residents work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the U.S.
Also, the community has a distinguished history of Jefferson County’s first commercial apple orchard was established in Kearneysville. It was because, in 1930, the West Virginia University Establishment Farm was started in town. This led to the eventual growth of the fruit industry in Jefferson County.
And like the other communities in West Virginia, Kearneysville has its share of sites on the National Register of Historic Places. These include Elmwood-on-the-Opequon, John VanMetre House, Miller Farm, William A. Fulk House, General Horatio Gates House, and Wiltshire House.
But before we explore the real estate of Kearneysville, let’s talk about its county – Jefferson County. It is the easternmost county in the state and part of the prestigious Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metropolitan area. Founded in 1801, this remarkable county is home to around 56,338 residents and an abundance of natural beauty.
Composed of 212 square miles, 2 of which are water, Jefferson County is the only place in West Virginia where you’ll find both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River. Jefferson County is also home to the lower point in the state, a point on the Potomac River just east of Harpers Ferry.
Residents of Jefferson County enjoy the natural beauty of the area, as well as the plethora of recreational opportunities it affords. The county is very popular among commuters, as it provides a quiet, laid-back lifestyle with easy access to the metro areas and all of their big-city amenities. U.S. Highway 340 and West Virginia routes 9, 45, 51, 115, and 230 are all conveniently accessed in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County is home to Charles Town, its county seat, and the city of Ranson. The towns of Bolivar, Harpers Ferry, and Shepherdstown are also found in Jefferson County, along with the census-designated places of Shenandoah Junction, Shannondale, and Middleway. There are also many unincorporated communities in the county, including Summit Point and Keyes Ferry Acres.
Going back, there are many expansive residential communities within Kearneysville boasting impressive real estate options. It has some of the most expensive real estate in the state. But, remarkably the home prices are generally some of the lowest compared to most residential home markets in the country.
Places such as the Village of Washington Trail and Chapel View afford prospective homebuyers diverse real estate options in the 25430 zip code of this historic and scenic county. While single-family homes in Kearneysville, West Virginia can cost as much as $750,000.
In 2019 there were 109 homes sold. The median sales price was $275,000. And the days on the market were only 52.
If these are what you’re looking for in your next home, we at ERA Liberty Realty are glad to assist you in your home buying. Let’s talk!
The eastern gateway to the mountain state of West Virginia, Jefferson County welcomes you with its quaint towns, famous historical sites, and scenic beauty rich with recreational opportunities. It’s strategically situated only 60 miles from downtown Washington DC and 45 minutes' drive away from Dulles Airport. Tourists from the surrounding metros flock to the county to escape the fast-paced city life – either to slow down for a quick romantic weekend getaway or revel in a local festival.
What was mainly hunting grounds for the native Americans and an agricultural district throughout the late 1800s to 1900s has turned and expanded to residential communities. It’s also an ideal site for business opportunities because of its large pool of skilled workforce, lower cost of living, cheaper land, utilities, and taxes.
Named after Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson County will take you back in time. It’s the home of possibly the oldest town in West Virginia. It also has deep ties with the Washington family with the town that Charles Washington, George Washington’s brother, established.
Most especially, the Civil War left a huge impact on Jefferson County. It’s evident with historical makers throughout the county. Different museums display artifacts in this pivotal period in our nation’s history. Who would’ve forgotten about the historic abolitionist John Brown’s raid, trial, and death? When the war ended, Storer College became the first higher learning institution for African Americans.
There are no dull moments in Jefferson County especially when it has municipalities including its county seat Charles Town, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Ranson, and Bolivar.
Where the past and present meet halfway, that’s where Charles Town is. As mentioned earlier, Charles Washington founded this town three centuries ago. Stroll through its historic downtown and check out his restored home, Happy Retreat. On the other hand, John Brown’s legend was punctuated at the Jefferson County Courthouse in 1859. Join the West Virginia Historic Theatre Trail and stopover at the eclectic art gem that is the Old Opera House. The night is equally exciting in Hollywood Casino & Inn at Charles Town Races. Try your luck either in the thrilling thoroughbred racing or at the roulette table. The dining options and live entertainment are their finest though there are also locally-owned, original shops and restaurants downtown.
Arguably West Virginia’s oldest town but Shepherdstown is Budget Travel’s one of America’s “Coolest Small Towns.” An hour's drive away from the metropolitan districts of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, travelers can experience both the creative scene and the outdoor craze here. The performing arts and festivals are in the town’s bloodline. Don’t miss out on Shepherd’s University’s annual Performing Art Series, Appalachian Heritage Festival, and the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Up for some pumping action? Cycle on the C&O Canal towpath or kayak along the forested banks of the Potomac River, it’s your call.
Quoting Reader’s Digest “If a tech-free escape is on your agenda, skip the usual suspects and set your sights on Harpers Ferry.” Go big or go inside Harpers Ferry National Historical Park for a world of adventure. Conquer the epic Appalachian Trail hike. Get wet and wild whitewater rafting or tubing by the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. What’s more, Harpers Ferry was WV Living’s "Best Town for History" for six years straight. Take a ranger-guided tour of John Brown and his army’s fiery three-day walk in 1859. Drop by at the Storer College or level up your visit with a ghost tour!