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1742

First iron furnace in West Virginia was established by Thomas Mayberry at Bloomery near present Harpers Ferry; the Quaker William Vestal erected Vestal's Bloomery near the Shenandoah River in present Jefferson County; iron industry develops

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1749

Lord Fairfax and Joist Hite engaged in a lawsuit

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Dec 23, 1762

Romney and Shepherdstown were both chartered, West Virginia's oldest cities

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1786

City of Charles Town was established by Charles Washington

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1799

The U.S. Armory and Arsenal was established at Harpers Ferry

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Oct 26, 1801

Jefferson County was established from a portion of Berkeley County by the General Assembly

1825

City of Bolivar was established

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1837

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad arrived at Harpers Ferry

1850

Reported number of slaves in Jefferson County was 3,960, 27% of the population

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1851

City of Harpers Ferry was established

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1858

Martin Delany aided John Brown in convening the Chatham Convention

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1859

Martin Robison Delany and 34 others met with John Brown in Canada to develop a provisional constitution for the liberated slaves

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1863

The presence of the B&O influenced the decision to include Jefferson County in the new state

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1865

Union authorities moved Jefferson County seat from Charles Town to Shepherdstown

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Mar 07, 1866

Joint resolution of Congress confirmed transfer of Berkeley and Jefferson counties to West Virginia

1871

Shepherd College opened

1871

Jefferson County seat moved back to Charles Town after being in Shepherdstown

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1910

City of Ranson was established

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1922

Bill Blizzard and others were tried for treason at the Jefferson County courthouse

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1933

The Charles Town Racetrack opened in Jefferson County

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Jun 30, 1944

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park was authorized as a national monument, the first in West Virginia

1960

Storer College buildings were added to the Harpers Ferry National Park

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Dec 15, 1997

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown

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