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Charles Town, West Virginia Historical Events



1975
The new Jefferson Memorial Hospital opened, replacing the old Charles Town Hospital.



1965
The newly constructed Charles Town Library and Civic Center were dedicated.


1959
Construction was completed on the new Shenandoah Downs thoroughbred horse racing track in Charles Town.


1948
A newly constructed Charles Town Hospital was dedicated, replacing the old Charles Town General Hospital which was originally built in 1905.


1934
The Charles Town Race Track opened. It was built on land purchased from the Charles Town Horse Show Association.


1923
Ku Klux Klan members marched through town and then set fire to a cross in Charles Town's public square.


1906
Workers discover a series of caves and a lake beneath Charles Town referred to as Lakeland Caverns.


1903
Tolls were eliminated on the Charles Town-Kabletown and the Charles Town-Harpers Ferry turnpikes.


1901
The Town Council granted the right to a local company to begin erecting and installing poles and wiring needed for electrical lighting, heating, and power purposes.


1900
The Winchester Telephone Company began putting up poles needed to install telephone lines between Charles Town and Harpers Ferry. The telephone system was completed in 1905.


1898
A company of volunteers organized by Captain H.C. Getzendanner were recruited and left Charles Town to fight in the war with Spain (Spanish-American War).


1889
The Light Drugstore became the first place in Charles Town to have water piped to its premises.


1884
Charles Town Independent Fire Company #1 was formed.


1882
The Town Council voted to begin procuring and installing gas posts and lamps in Charles Town.


1871
A bill was passed by the West Virginia legislature moving the Jefferson county seat from Shepherdstown back to Charles Town.


1865
The Jefferson county seat was moved from Charles Town to Shepherdstown.


1840
First edition of the "Spirit of Jefferson" newspaper published.


1839
First Masonic Lodge established in Charles Town


1836
Author and U.S. Senator Daniel B. Lucas was born in Charles Town.


1812
Over 100 men enlisted in Charles Town to fight in the War of 1812

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