A 1000-piece puzzle consisting of 136 photos of Shepherdstown has been created to show the historic architecture of the town. In an intersting parallel, the puzzle itself has also garnered its own history in how it was developed.
In the past, an annual scavenger hunt fundraiser was done throughout the town. To advertise the scavenger hunt in a unique way, the Historic Landmark Commission created a poster. The poster has now been turned into a puzzle that continues to celebrate the history of Shepherdstown.
Jay Hurley, a member of the Historic Landmark Commission who had the idea of the poster as well as the hunt itself, originally wanted to show the architectural integrity of Shepherdstown.
Chronicle photo by Adam Oester
The puzzle depicting Shepherdstown is available for sale at various locations.
"I took a lot of inspiration from an art piece I saw in Ireland named Doors of Dublin," said Jay. "It is literally just a piece of art that has a bunch of historic doors of houses. It's simple, but it shows the history of the town, and that's what I wanted to do here."
With Hurley's blessing the Shepherdstown Visitor Center was then able to take the idea and turn into a puzzle.
Marianne Davis, director of the Visitor Center, said, "We chose the design of the poster because we really wanted to bring something interesting to both the residents of the town, and those that don't live here. However, this is only the first of many puzzles we plan on making. There are so many historic landmarks and buildings in Shepherdstown and we want to show them all."
Hurley has a completed version of the puzzle, as well as the inspirational poster, on display at O'Hurleys General Store in town.
The puzzle is currently for sale at participating shops and restaurants around town, as well as at the Visitors center located at 129 East German Street.