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Living in Charles Town, WV

Dotted with homes from the 18th century all the way up to new construction, Charles Town, West Virginia is a tight-knit community with a rich history. Founded by the youngest brother of President George Washington, Charles Washington, Charles Town is 75 miles directly west of Baltimore, Maryland. Established in 1787, the land on which Charles Town, WV, sits was originally part of Charles Washington's estate, Happy Retreat. Today, Charles Town is a thriving tourist destination.

Historic log cabin building in Charles Town, WV

Things to Do in Charles Town

Charles Town is a huge tourist destination. The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races attracts locals as well as visitors from surrounding states. This hot spot offers activities to appeal to all, including several restaurants, Vegas-style casino gaming, a comedy club, and an intimate theater that attracts top musical touring acts. You can watch live, thoroughbred horse racing year-round, as well as simulcast horse and dog racing every day of the year. Locals and visitors also love visiting the Happy Retreat estate in Charles Town, West Virginia. Each year, visitors head to the grounds of this Federal/Greek Revival style home for festivals, concerts, and special events.

Charles Town dining options are plentiful. You'll find Mediterranean, French, Spanish, Greek, Middle Eastern, and Mexican cuisines represented, as well as steak houses and bakeries that make fresh bread and pastries daily.

Long & Foster in Charles Town, WV

Housing in Charles Town

The variety extends to the area's architecture and design. Homes here range from newer ranch-style wooden homes to traditional stone homes reminiscent of Colonial times. The area has a few condominiums and townhouses, but one- and two-story single-family homes make up the majority of the residential neighborhoods in Charles Town.

Martin's in Charles Town, WV

Transportation and Travel in Charles Town

Living in Charles Town, West Virginia, puts residents around 70 miles from Washington, D.C., via VA-267 E. Gettysburg is located approximately 60 miles to the north, and both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are almost exactly 200 miles from Charles Town. The Monongahela National Forest and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest are less than an hour from Charles Town.


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  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races features slot machines and table games plus thoroughbred horse racing, an all-you-can-eat buffet, bars, and a theater that hosts a variety of touring musical and comedy acts.
  • History buffs enjoy touring the Happy Retreat, the home of Charles Washington. The home plays host to several special events throughout the year.


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