Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church
Backstory and Context
While the Presbyterian Church was officially chartered in 1743, the German and Scotch-Irish population settled the area in the early 1700s and the Donegal Presbytery provided a supply minister to the Pack Horse Ford Church (otherswise known as Shepherd’s Town). The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church was the first officially recognized Christian Congregation in Shepherdstown.
In 1780, Abraham Shepherd gave the Church the two adjoining properties at the southeast corner of King and Washington Streets (the sight of the Post Office). The lots No. 166 and 188 were from Washington Street to Church Alley. The first church building was a log structure built in the 1980s. In 1776, a Church near Shepherdstown received a minister, but they could not afford to keep him, so they contracted with Shepherdstown to split the cost. Unfortunately, this match was not ordained by the Donegal Presbytery, so the minister, Dr. McKnight, was recalled and sent to Gettysburg, PA.
Reverend Moses Hodge became the first pastor at the Shepherdstown Church in October of 1787. In the 1790s, the Virginia Assembly allowed the Church to raise money for the construction of a proper church. Revered Moses Hoge resigned his position in Shepherdstown in 1807 and Reverend John Matthews was installed as pastor. In 1831, the church building burned down. The Trustees traded their lots 166 and 188 for the lot 167 across the street and built the present church in 1836.
The Presbyterian Church also divided between Old School and New School philosophies. The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church joined the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America. After Antietam, the building became the largest hospital in town. Since the war, the Church has purchased numerous organs, renovated their pews, and updated the sanctuary.
In September 2000, Reverend Patricia Donohoe was ordained and installed as the first associate pastor and the first female to receive a call from this congregation.
 Price, James C.. History of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. http://spcworks.org/Article.asp?article_id=1689.
Price, James C.. History of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. http://spcworks.org/Article.asp?article_id=1689.