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Charles Town, WV

11066 Middleway Pike
Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
Phone: (888) 721-5707
Serving: Charles Town, WV and the surrounding area
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History

Charles Town was founded in 1786 by Charles Washington, the first president’s younger brother. Charles had inherited a sizeable amount of land in the Shenandoah River Valley, and after the Revolutionary War ended, he built his home there. After receiving permission from the Virginia Assembly to build a town, he set aside 80 acres of his own property and began planning the town’ s development. He found a unique way to honor his relatives by naming streets after family members, including his wife and older brothers. Other streets, such as Congress and Liberty, were named after patriotic ideals. Charles also set aside an area for a town square and planned for public buildings to be built there. The town square was built at the intersection of George and Washington Streets. At the time the town was formed, it was situated in Berkeley County, but as the area grew, new counties were formed, and in 1801, Charles Town became the county seat of Jefferson County.

With its close proximity to Washington D.C., Charles Town has been the scene of several historical events. In 1859, John Brown staged a raid on the federal weapons arsenal at nearby Harper’s Ferry. After Brown was overtaken by federal troops, he was charged with treason, and his trial was held at the Jefferson County Court House. After being declared guilty, Brown was hanged in a nearby field. During the Civil War, the Battle of Charles Town was waged at the same courthouse and around the surrounding countryside. As a result of heavy artillery fire, the courthouse and many other buildings were damaged and had to be rebuilt after the war. There were several additional skirmishes between Union and Confederate forces that occurred in the general area. In 1863, Charles Town became part of the new state of West Virginia.

Geography

The city of Charles Town is located in the eastern part of West Virginia and is approximately 70 miles northwest of the nation’s capital. Nestled in the Shenandoah River Valley, Charles Town is at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is close to the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. It is also near the lowest area in West Virginia. Although its overall geography is impressive, the entire city comprises an area of slightly less than six square miles.

Population and Demographics

Approximately 5300 people reside in Charles Town, and nearly 77 percent of the population is white. While approximately 86 percent of the city’s residents have graduated from high school, less than 30 percent have a college degree. In addition, nearly 500 veterans reside in Charles Town.

Local Attractions

With its rich history, geographical location and proximity to Washington D.C., Charles Town offers its residents and visitors a wide variety of things to do. Every year, there is a tour of homes once owned by the Washington family, including Happy Retreat, which was built by Charles Washington. History buffs can also visit the Jefferson County Museum, which houses a number of historical artifacts from the area’s colorful past. There is also an annual heritage festival in the fall. More adventurous types can enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, biking, zip line tours and water sports. Additionally, people who enjoy horse racing can watch the races, visit the casino or enjoy a show at the Hollywood Casino.

Climate

Charles Town has four distinct seasons and usually doesn’t experience extreme weather. Summer temperatures can reach 90 degrees, and winter temperatures may drop below freezing. Like much of the surrounding area, the city tends to have humid summers.

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Griffith Energy Services has been providing HVAC service, installation and repair to homes and businesses in the region for more than 100 years. We’re also Charles Town’s most qualified and affordable provider of residential heating oil, propane and kerosene, in addition to motor fuels for businesses and farms. Our experienced technicians are available for both routine maintenance and emergency repairs and can also recommend the latest in energy-efficient products.

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