Charles Town is a beautiful historic town that is a regional arts, entertainment, and shopping focal point . Founded by Charles Washington in 1800, many homes and buildings from that era are still standing. Downtown is a great place to stroll and enjoy the interesting restaurants and shops. Activities like the Saturday farmers market, parades, exhibits, music festivals and the nearby Charles Town Race Track & Hollywood Casino make downtown a vibrant busy spot in the Eastern Panhandle. The Charles Town area extends to the Shenandoah River with beautiful neighborhoods and golf course communities in the surrounding vicinity.