Historic Shepherdstown Commission (HSC) is an active, non-profit, membership organization dedicated to preserving Shepherdstown’s architectural character, and building public understanding of Shepherdstown’s distinctive history.
Since 1961, HSC has undertaken many important projects that benefit our community.The Entler Hotel was built in 1786 and has served many purposes over the years from hotel to Civil War hospital to housing for Shepherd College to housing for cadets during WWI. In 1972 when the historic Entler Hotel was scheduled for demolition, HSC coordinated efforts to save and restore the building for public benefit. The Historic Shepherdstown Museum was founded at the Entler in 1983. After years of heavy public use, a major 25th anniversary renovation project was undertaken in 1997-98 to further enhance the public rooms. Today the Entler is headquarters for HSC.
At the Entler, HSC operates the Museum and manages public spaces which house the Shepherdstown Visitors Center, thirteen offices, and a reception area and garden available for community and private events. We also sponsor or co-sponsor speakers and workshops relating to the history of Shepherdstown and Jefferson County. Recent exhibits include history of gun making, stories from the Civil War, and African-Americans in the community. Special items in their collection range from a postal wagon to craft clocks to copper kettles to pottery. Another highlight of the museum is the Rumsey Boathouse, which is open on weekends, April-October. The museum is nestled in historic Shepherdstown, making it the perfect destination for a day trip or weekend get-away!