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Arts & Culture

Jefferson County gives its residents much more than beautiful scenery and a low cost of living. It also provides endless entertainment and education opportunities in the form of historically significant landmarks and rich cultural attractions. With cultural events nearly every weekend, the area boasts arts and entertainment that will excite the entire family. From the Old Opera House in Charles Town and racing at Summit Point Raceway, to live theater shows at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown West Virginia, residents that relocate to Jefferson County gain access to a number of exciting, community-friendly activities.

Community Arts Activities
Community art activities are alive and well in Jefferson County. Our community supports the County’s creative minds and talent through a variety of shows, educational programs, and community outreach projects, including annual arts shows and festivals as well as year-round independent artist exhibits and artisan galleries.

Historical Associations and Landmarks
Named after Thomas Jefferson in 1801, Jefferson County is also rich in history; most notably George Washington’s surveying activities in the County during the mid-1700s, John Brown’s Raid on slavery at Harpers Ferry, the Civil War and post-war establishment of Storer College for freed African Americans, and the Miners’ Trials in the 1920s. The county celebrates this deep history with the following landmarks, museums, and events:

The arts create jobs, attract investors, and generate tax revenues that stimulate Jefferson County economic development through tourism and consumer purchases. We value the arts as an important complement to enhancing the quality of life of our community.