I lived very briefly in Charles Town and had a chance to explore the town and surrounding areas. Charles Town has both history and horse racing. The town was founded in 1787 by Charles Washington, the youngest full brother of George Washington. He named several of the streets after his brothers and wife (Mildred Street). John Brown was tried and hanged in Charles Town after his unsuccessful raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory. The town changed hands several times during the Civil War until Union troops took permanent control in 1863. Charles Town is famous for its Race Track which opened in 1933, and the raising of racehorses is big business in the area.
Needful Things is a store that sells previously owned stuff, whether on consignment or not I don't know. But in addition the store has a really cool 60's style lunch counter. I would go there for breakfast. Needful Things is easy to find on Washington Street because Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, and Charlie Chaplin hang around outside.
Bars and Booths
Bars and Booths is a unique store specializing in all things retro for both commercial and home decor. I got to chat with GW and he let me take a few photos of the place. If you want a retro rec room or a 60's kitchen, Bars and Booths is the place to go.
8th Annual Charles Town Car Show
If anybody can identify any of these cars let me know.
Jefferson County Museum
A good way to spend an afternoon is browsing through the Jefferson County Museum. The museum does a good job documenting the history of Jefferson County.
Hollywood Casino and Charles Town Race Track
I guess you could say gambling is the major industry in Charles Town, either at the Hollywood Casino or the Charles Town Race Track. A lot of folks are employed raising, training, and racing horses in Jefferson County.
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