Are you looking to relocate to Jefferson County, West Virginia? This page will have all the pertinent information that you will need to make your decision. Check out the climate and population of the area along with churches, schools, parks, and other points of interest. We look forward to seeing you around Jefferson County!
Jefferson County is the easternmost county on the Eastern Panhandle in the of West Virginia. It is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area and the county seat is Charles Town. Jefferson County was formed from Berkeley County in 1801 and was named after Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson is the only county in West Virginia where the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River can be found. The lowest point in the state can be found in Harpers Ferry. For more info on Jefferson County check out their official site.
Ambulance, Fire, Law Enforcement Emergencies - Call 911
Poison Control Center - 1.800.222.1222
Emergency Alert System Radio WEPM - AM 1340, WKMZ - FM 97.5
Jefferson County, West Virginia gets 40 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.
*Climate information provided Best Places
Jefferson County, West Virginia's estimated population is 57,914 with a growth rate of 0.44% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Jefferson County, West Virginia is the 10th largest county in West Virginia. The 2010 Population was 53,609 and has seen a growth of 8.03% since this time.
*Population information provided by the World Population Review
*Climate and Population Data provided by Best Places.
Obtaining a Driver’s License
Change of Address
If you change your address you are required to notify, in writing, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 20 days of the change. Failure to do this subjects you to a possible fine or imprisonment. Simply notifying the U.S. Post Office will NOT update your record with the DMV or allow important DMV mail to be forwarded to you. By failing to change your address with the DMV, you could miss the renewal date of your license, or even have your driving privileges suspended or revoked unnecessarily.
Out-of-State License Transfers
If you have a valid non-expired out-of-state license, you are eligible to transfer the license. If the out-of-state license is expired, you are required to take all examination tests, vision, written, and road skills examination(s) before making application for a driver’s license. You are required to pass a vision test, complete a brief alcohol awareness course, and surrender your out-of state license before a WV license will be issued. A transfer applicant must present all documents that are required. A written examination is also required for applicants under the age of 18. If you have a motorcycle endorsement on your license, the Division will transfer the endorsement for an additional fee of $5.00.
A new resident who does not have possession of the out-of-state license or if it has expired, must obtain a certified driving record, dated no more than 30 days from the date of the application, from the state in which they were previously licensed.
If your out-of–state license is suspended or revoked, you will not be licensed in WV, until you receive a “clearance” in the Problem Driver Point System (PDPS). It is illegal to drive in WV with a suspended or revoked license. All applicants for a WV driving license must be verified with the PDPS. It is important to confirm that you are not under suspension in any other jurisdiction before attempting to obtain a license in WV.
24 Ruland Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430
Phone: 304.598.3900 or 1.800.642.9066
*For more information please visit the WV DMV Address Change Page.
In order to vote you must:
How to register:
You may submit your registration application at any time; however, registrations received 21 days or sooner before an election will not be processed until that election is over. If you do not register 21 days prior to an election, you will not be able to vote in that election. You may stop by the County Clerk’s Office located at 100 E. Washington Street in Charles Town and register in person. The office requires a photo ID and something that includes your current physical address (if your photo ID does not have that information).
Acceptable forms of identification include a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, checkbook, paycheck, or a government issued document. If required information is not completed, your application will be returned to you. To expedite your application, you can include a photocopy of your driver’s license, if that does not include your current physical address, a copy of a document as outlined above which includes your current physical address. Otherwise your address will need to be verified through the post office, which will take approximately 10 days. Once completed, Jefferson County residents can mail the application to:
PO Box 208
Charles Town, WV 25414
Intangible personal property, except cash on hand or in banks, and accounts receivable assessed at 60% of actual value.
Inside Municipalities: Charles Town Corp - .6801 Ranson Corp - .7027
Harpers Ferry Corp - .6389 Bolivar Corp - .6488 Shepherdstown Corp - .6485
Outside Municipalities: .5777
Real estate, such as homes and farms, assessed at an average of 60% of actual value.
Inside Municipalities: Charles Town Corp – 1.3602 Ranson Corp – 1.4054
Harpers Ferry Corp – 1.2778 Bolivar Corp – 1.2976 Shepherdstown Corp – 1.2970
Outside Municipalities: 1.1554
Industrial and Commercial real estate and personal property appraised at market value, assessed at 60%
Outside Municipalities: 2.3108
This is Class III when located within municipalities. Real Estate assessed at 60% of actual value.
Inside Municipalities: Charles Town Corp – 2.7204 Ranson Corp – 2.8018
Harpers Ferry Corp – 2.5556 Bolivar Corp – 2.5952 Shepherdstown Corp – 2.5940
Rates are per $100 of assessment in Jefferson County. The Bonded indebtedness and proposed capital expenditures will be furnished if desired.
County Property Tax information provided by
Jefferson County Tax Office
104 E. Washington Street
Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
R&D Holding DBA 10 Fingers 10 Toes Early Childhood Development
8368 Summit Point Road
Charles Town, WV 25414
Hillside Child Care & Development
385 Washington St.
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Children First Child Development Center
95 Childrens Way
Kearneysville, WV 25430
His Little Lambs Childcare Center
437 Border Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430
School Entrance Requirements
To find out which school your child will attend, you will want to contact the Jefferson County Schools Transportation Department at 304.725.7664. You will have to bring your child to registration. Speech, language, and hearing screenings will be conducted at the time of registration. Bring an original state certified birth certificate with the state seal, which is a requirement of WV State Law. Information for acquiring West Virginia documentation can be obtained at your county court house. Please bring proof of residency and a social security card as well. Every child enrolling in school must have a health screen completed. The health screen forms are available at local physicians’ offices and the Jefferson County Board of Education.
If you would like to find out how to get immunization records, contact your family physician or contact the Jefferson County Health Department at 304.728.8416.
Children must be 5 years old before September 1st to enter Kindergarten. School policy allows admission of children born between September 1st and September 15th inclusive only if they meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible for early Kindergarten entrance, he or she should score at or above the ninety fifth percentile on a standardized comprehensive measure of developmental skills when compared to age norms appropriate to a child who would be 5 years old prior to September 1st. The assessment is administered by qualified Jefferson County personnel. To enroll a child born between those dates, please contact Pupil Services Department at 304.728.9236.
Blue Ridge Primary
Address: 175 Lowery Lane
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Bolivar Christian Academy
Address: 87 Old Taylor Lane
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
WVU Hospital - Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, WV is a general medical and surgical hospital with 25 beds. They are located at 300 S. Preston Street Ranson, WV 25438 with a phone of 304.728.1600
Some of their services include:
Women’s Imaging Center offers radiologist, Technologists and support staff have extensive experience in imaging and women’s health, all under one roof. The center features the latest in digital mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy equipment, known for detection of the earliest signs of breast cancer. They are located at 207 S. Preston Street Ranson, WV 25438 with a phone of 304.274.5647.
Jefferson Primary Care in Ranson, WV provides alternative/complementary medicine focusing on disease prevention for patients twelve years and older. Some of their services include: health and maintenance exam, immunization vaccines, physicals, STD testing, medical weight loss program, treatment for nutritional disorders, and vision or hearing screening. Find them at 116 East Third Avenue Ranson, WV 25438 with a phone of 304.724.7200.
In Charles Town/Ranson
In Harpers Ferry/Shepherdstown
Historic Shepherdstown offers a unique shopping experience with their locally owned and independently operated stores. Everything from coffee to books and bikes to antiques can be found along the streets in Shepherdstown.
Take a step back in time as you roam the streets of Harpers Ferry filled with hand-made art, civil war memorabilia, and antiques. The town is blossoming with history and heritage as you will surely discover on your journey through this historic town.
The Charles Town/Ranson area of Jefferson County offers the best of both worlds. There you can find the joys and discoveries of downtown shopping and the comfort of bigger name companies within minutes of each other.
The African American Heritage Festival is held the 3rd Saturday in August. Locations are downtown Charles Town, Wright Denny Elementary, and alternative school grounds at Avis and Lawrence Street. This event showcases the history and talent of the African American community in Jefferson County, with vendors, a parade, and live entertainment as well as tours of historical landmarks significant to African American history in Jefferson County.
Historic Shepherdstown hosts a week long celebration of Halloween. There will be a wide variety of activities that everyone can enjoy, with a special emphasis on activities for children and families.
Charles Town – Ranson Christmas Parade
The event is held the 1st Saturday in December and brings people from every corner of Jefferson County to see the annual Christmas Parade. A favorite among locals, visitors will also enjoy the talent and creativity displayed with an array of floats, marching units, and local organizations. Spectators can enjoy the parade along Mildred Street or Washington Street.
Through stories brought to life by seasoned filmmakers and amateur videographers with a passion for their subjects. Engage. Inform. Inspire. Those three words guide the focus of the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown.
The ultimate theater experience. Typically several weeks in July you can experience the joys of a small repertory in Shepherdstown, is that you get to see actors assume a wide variety of roles. You’re so moved by their performance in one show that you nearly get whiplash when they walk onto the stage at the next show, completely obliterating your memory of their gig the night before.
A weekend in mid-August centered on our furry best friends. Both days will also include blessings of the dogs, along with children’s activities, movies, music, exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations and others. Throughout the weekend, most restaurants and stores will allow dog owners to bring their dogs inside. Most will also be offering special dog-themed food, drinks, and items for sale.
A race for Health and Heritage. This annual event was designed to raise West Virginia’s fitness level and raise money create trails and fitness centers in the Eastern Panhandle and surrounding areas. The event takes place in early October and features a 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, and 1 mile Kids Fun Run.
Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas
Experience a traditional Christmas celebration, as quaintly decorated streets come alive for the holiday season. Live entertainment, children’s activities, and extended shopping hours are just a few of the programs featured during this annual event.
Sponsored by the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council this house and garden tour covers beautiful historic homes in both Jefferson and Berkeley County. This spring tradition first began in 1955 and draws in historic and nature enthusiasts alike.
Late in August every year the fair comes to town! This always popular event features Livestock Exhibits, Tractor pulls, Carnival rides, Miss Jefferson County Fair Contest, and eating contest of every kind. The perfect event for families with children of all ages.
The annual village street festival and fair for families and history buffs takes place on the second Saturday of each October from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The festival features local musicians, crafters, farmers market, guided wagon rides through the Middleway Historic District, exhibits, and much more. For the children there will be craft activities, petting zoo, pony rides, and hands-on demonstrations of crafts including apple-butter making, and a cider press.
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to come and enjoy their festival in the rolling countryside of Jefferson County, WV. Leisurely stroll among the tents as you admire the many crafts, fine arts, and wine. Meet approximately 200 artisans and craftsperson’s carefully selected and prejudged, demonstrating and showcasing their work at this nationally acclaimed festival. Enjoy listening to the best live bluegrass music, taste wines from the area's foremost wineries and enjoy the many varieties of food that are available.
An amazing autumn weekend visiting 9 studios chock-full of handmade wares by local artisans. The studios are swept, newest work polished and tagged, snacks stacked and plated. An amazing weekend of laughter and falling in love with the fruits of our labors. From fruit-covered majolica serving bowls to whimsical animal sculptures, unbelievably smooth polished wood tables to subtle Appalachian-inspired stained glass scenes. Come be amazed!
This is a festival about all that is unique, artistic, and welcoming in Shepherdstown. Street Fest is one of the best fine arts & craft festivals in the region, along with great live music and kids’ activities, it is an event for EVERYONE!
Sam Michael’s Park (130 acres)
Address: 235 Sam Michaels Lane Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Features: Picnic pavilion, kitchen and restroom facility, community center, athletic fields, horseshoe pits, and a sand volleyball court
Leetown Park (10 acres)
Address: 56 Jefferson Orchard Road, Kearneysville, WV 25430
Features: Lighted softball fields, tennis courts, a playground, picnic pavilion, horseshoe pits, concession stand, and restroom facility
Morgan’s Grove Park (20+ acres)
Address: 4198 Kearneysville Pike, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Features: Walking trail, playground equipment, covered picnic pavilion, full kitchen and restroom facility, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits
Mount Mission Park (3.5 acres)
Address: 4210 Mission Road, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Features: Picnic pavilion with kitchen and restroom facilities, playground, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court, and a baseball diamond
Jefferson Memorial Park (11.6 acres)
Address: 400 Forest Avenue, Charles Town, WV 25414
Features: Swimming pool, wading pool, walking trail, 3 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, 2 playgrounds, and 4 pavilions
Arts and Entertainment
Address: 204 N. George Street
Charles Town, WV 25414
Built in 1910 The Old Opera House was of classic theatre structure, complete with fly-space for hanging scenery above the proscenium stage, an orchestra pit and a curved balcony. It seated 500 people. The theatre was closed down from 1948-1971. After some cleaning and refurbishing the theatre opened to the public again in 1976 with the goal of preserving history and to train young people in the arts.
Address: 113 S. Princess Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
The Black Box hopes that their community space will grow to nourish a variety of artistic endeavors, as well as classes, lectures, etc. The Black Box Arts Center rents their stage, lobby, and green rooms at a modest rate, and will consider co-producing theatrical productions in order to give artists affordable access to a performance/studio/gallery space.
Address: 260 University Drive
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Phone: (304) 876-3473
The Frank Creative Arts Center is a part of Shepherd University. By day it teaches young minds the importance of the arts and by night it hosts performances open to the community. They can range from orchestra concerts, plays, and the performing art series which showcases a variety of shows including Dancing Wheels and the Irish group, Fullset.
ERA Liberty Realty has proudly served Jefferson County, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and surrounding areas for almost 30 years. Our highly qualified team of real estate professionals are devoted to making your real estate transactions as pleasant as possible. There are a lot of do’s and don’ts when buying or selling a home. Let us use our years of experience to guide you along a successful path of preparation and closing the deal.
Your complete satisfaction is our #1 goal because if you are satisfied, you will refer us to your friends. What we bring to the table is experience, integrity, a national network of real estate professionals, and numerous marketing methods all aimed at getting the job done right. If you are moving to Jefferson County in the Eastern Panhandle of WV, we can provide you with helpful information to make sure your move is as worry free as possible.