Goodbye – Friends of Shepherdstown Riverfront Disbanded

The Friends of the Shepherdstown Riverfront has disbanded as of Spring 2015.  Much has been accomplished at the Mecklenberg Warehouse to stabilize and restore the building.  The Corporation of Shepherdstown can now take the next steps to continue the upgrades and to find a suitable use for the building.

This website will no longer be updated or monitored.  Historic materials concerning the Warehouse have been transferred to the Historic Shepherdstown Commission. Many people deserve credit for the work that has been accomplished at the Warehouse including:   Jim and Ann Ludwig, Diana Suttenfield, Shep Scott, Richard Jentsch, Fran Cox, Davitt McAteer, Dale Walter, Bob Reynolds, Keith Alexander, Tom Conant, Mina Goodrich, Tyra Guyton, Meredith Wait, Linda Shea, Eddie Sampson, Alan Levitan, Amanda Whitmore, Steve Ayraud, Corporation of Shepherdstown staff and the many Shepherdstown area residents who donated money to the restoration of the building.

Historic Waterworks Report Available

FOSR member Tyra Guyton has completed the report of the waterworks operations at the warehouse from the 1920’s thru the 1970’s. The report includes photos of the equipment and excerpts from interviews with former employees at the facility.  The report can be downloaded here.

New video of the warehouse

New video of the warehouse posted.  Circa 2007 courtesy of Clai Lashley.

NPS Partners with Friends of the Shepherdstown Riverfront on a Riverfront Revitalization Project

Recently, the National Park Service through the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) began work with the Town of Shepherdstown and the Shepherdstown Rotary Club on a Riverfront Revitalization Project.  This community and partner led effort will focus on preserving and protecting Shepherdstown’s significant historic and natural community resources along the riverfront including the Mecklenburg TobaccoWarehouse, Rumsey Monument Park and Cullison Park while also working to provide improved access and infrastructure improvements.  With input from community members, partner groups and Shepherd University three areas of focus will be looked at – the development of an overall plan for the riverfront, finding partners who can assist in this effort and locating sources of funding for the improvements that are needed to carry out the plan.  The RTCA Program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects and helps implement the natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park Service in communities across America. For more information contact …….Chris Niewold NPS RTCA at 202-690-5153.