Nestled in the heart of historic Jefferson County, you’ll find the Ranson. This charming small-town has something for everyone. Whether you are moving to the area. Or plain curious about what this small rural city has to offer..
Although listed as a town in West Virginia, it’s classified as a city by state law. It enjoys metropolitan access – being an hour’s drive west of the nation's Capital. And forty minutes from Washington-Dulles International Airport.
The city of Ranson is on highway WV-9 next to Charles Town. It is approximately 15 miles southwest of Martinsburg. And eight miles west of Harpers Ferry. It’s also accessible to Jefferson County’s government offices and Leesburg, Virginia.
It has a strategic location in the Eastern Panhandle Region. With it, the founders deemed it as the “ideal place for industry and business.” This ever-growing community takes you a return to the past and a retreat from the present.
In 1890, the Charles Town Mining, Manufacturing, and Improvement Company bought 850 acres of land. It is proximal to the western and northern corporate limits of Charles Town. It was the Ranson family who purchased the largest tract of land.
Finally, in 1910, Ranson was incorporated. The town was named after Dr. James Ranson, a dentist, and a farmer living in the area. The late 19th-century economic boom of Shenandoah Valley boosts the city’s early growth and development.
The rise of the railroads, mining, and manufacturing turned Ranson into the industrial hub of Jefferson County. At present, the city continues to transition from a small industrial town to a developing commercial district. The community grows with the harmonious blend of major corporations and quiet residential neighborhoods.
Ranson is a wonderful place to buy a home if you are a commuter wanting a quiet, small-town lifestyle. With easy access to the big cities and all their amenities.
Ranson has a variety of affordable housing selections. It is home to many impressive neighborhoods and subdivisions including Briar Run, Fairfax Crossing, Orchard Hills, Shenandoah Springs, and Wild Rose. The real estate available is diverse in its style, age, location, and size.
Several homes are from the turn of the century, reflecting the popular architectural styles of that era. Many are two-story single-family homes and one-story cottages. There are also many new townhomes, apartment complexes, and one-story homes in the city.
Radiating a peaceful vibe, Ranson is the perfect place to relax. While it keeps its small-town roots, it boasts plenty of recreational opportunities too.
Both locals and visitors alike can take a hike in the scenic Blue Ridge foothills, or on the Appalachian Trail. If you’re a water lover, you can also have a great time with these water activities like kayaking or swimming. And fishing on the inviting waters of the Shenandoah River.
History buffs love it here because the area allows them to walk in the footsteps of Civil War veterans. Both Harpers Ferry National Park and the Antietam National Battlefield are nearby.
There are also opportunities for excellent shopping and exquisite casual and fine dining. It is also served by the highly-rated Jefferson County School District, Ranson is also a great place to raise a family.
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!