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October 26, 1801: Jefferson County was established from a portion of Berkeley County by the General Assembly


Berkeley County is located in the Eastern Panhandle. Berkeley borders Maryland to the north and Virginia to the south, with Jefferson and Morgan counties on the east and west. Its major streams are Back Creek and Opequon Creek. They drain into the Potomac River, which forms Berkeley County’s northern border. The North Mountain divides the county into distinct eastern and west...

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