In 1780, George Washington’s younger brother Charles set off to his inherited property in the lower Shenandoah Valley. He built his home, Happy Retreat, and then petitioned to incorporate a town, Charlestown. Family members names were used to name the streets, with one named after his wife, Mildred. Charles Town is in lower Berkeley County in the southern point of the West Virginia Panhandle making it convenient both to Maryland, as well as western Northern Virginia: Winchester and the Leesburg-Ashburn-Sterling corridor outside Washington, D.C. The Appalachian Trail also runs through town so you’ll see hikers and travelers from all over the U.S. and the world here.