Thursday, January 31, 2013

1984 Library, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

[LIB7462] When it was built in 1800, the Market House that today houses the Shepherdstown Public Library offered local farmers a sheltered place to sell their wares, and a centrally located spot for residents to buy farm fresh products. During its long history, it has, in turn, been home to the fire department, the town council offices, a butcher shop, a school and the local jail. A pigpen and a public whipping post were located in back. Today, it is the home of a thriving library that is literally and figuratively the heart of Shepherdstown. The building—the most distinctive in Shepherdstown and the one most frequently noticed by visitors—is West Virginia’s longest continuously occupied library building. [Website]

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