Eastern Panhandle West Virginia
Location: The scenic and convenient Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia occupies a narrow stretch of territory in the northeast of the state bordering Maryland to the north and Virginia to the south.
Population: 260,000 (2007-approx).The largest city, Martinsburg (20,000) is also the county seat of Berkeley County (100,000), the most populous county in the Panhandle.
Pioneering: Tracing its’ roots back to the Colonial era, West Virginia’s oldest chartered towns (Sheperdstown and Romney—1762) are located in the Panhandle, as are its two oldest counties: Hampshire (1753) and Berkeley (1772).
Historic: Located at the crossroads of history, the Eastern Panhandle is home to 249 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This represents 27% of the total statewide.
Proximate: The Panhandle is conveniently proximate to many major cities in the region. From Jefferson County, Washington, DC is only 58 miles away. Other locales within driving distance include Baltimore, MD: 67 miles; Harrisburg, PA: 100 miles; Charlottesville, VA: 129 miles.
Rural Charm: Rural Charm: The Panhandle is a cornucopia of natural wonders and rural charm. The Appalachian Trail winds through the region, as does the Washington Heritage Trail. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a popular local landmark.
Fast Growing: Idyllically located astride the Washington-Baltimore corridor, the Panhandle is West Virginia’s fastest growing region for both population and housing.
Easy Access: Local airports include Eastern Panhandle Regional, plus Hagerstown Maryland and Winchester Virginia (40 min. drive). International airportsinclude Dulles (DC—1 hr drive), BWI (MD—90 min. drive), Reagan National (DC—90 min. drive).