Van Swearingen-Shepherd House

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Van Swearingen-Shepherd House
Bellevue, Shepherdstown WV.jpg
Van Swearingen-Shepherd House is located in West Virginia
Van Swearingen-Shepherd House
Van Swearingen-Shepherd House is located in the US
Van Swearingen-Shepherd House
Nearest city Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°26′21.9″N 77°48′16.5″W / 39.439417°N 77.804583°W / 39.439417; -77.804583Coordinates: 39°26′21.9″N 77°48′16.5″W / 39.439417°N 77.804583°W / 39.439417; -77.804583
Built 1773
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP Reference # 83003241
Added to NRHP August 18, 1983[1]

The Van Swearingen-Shepherd House, also known as Bellevue, is a Colonial Revival mansion in Shepherdstown, West Virginia that is home to the descendants of Captain Thomas Shepherd, founder of Shepherdstown. The house, situated on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, was built in 1773 by Thomas Van Swearingen as a single-story stone house. His son, also named Thomas Van Swearingen, was a US Representative. The Shepherd family acquired the house in 1900, when Henry Shepherd III bought the house as a wedding present for his bride Minnie Reinhart, whose grandfather was Thomas Van Swearingen. That year, the Shepherds gave a dinner party on the lawn for William Jennings Bryan during his second presidential campaign. The house remains in the hands of the Shepherd family.

The original stone house has been extensively altered, with brick Victorian-era alterations exchanged for the present Colonial Revival style with a tetrastyle Ionic portico.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Rodney S. Collins and Michael J. Pauley (May 16, 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Van Swearingen-Shepherd House" (pdf). National Park Service.