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Ranson is small city located in Jefferson County in the far northeast corner of West Virginia. As of 2006, it had an estimated population of 3,957 residents. The Charles Town Mining, Manufacturing, and Improvement Company played an instrumental role in creating the city of Ranson. In 1890, the company bought 850 acres adjoining the western and northern corporate limits of Charles Town and commissioned D.G. Howell, a civil engineer and architect, to lay out the new town. The largest tract of land purchased was from the Ransom family, for whom the town was named. The early growth and development of Ranson reflects the late 19th century boom of the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas associated with the rise of the railroads, mining, and manufacturing. Today, Ranson is a thriving community that blends an active business district with several rapidly growing residential neighborhoods. Ranson is part of Jefferson County where historians have identified 33 Civil War sites. Ranson is also near the town of Harpers Ferry, which has been called "the most painted town in America" due to its spectacular history and scenery. Recreation near Ranson includes white water rafting, horseback riding, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing and camping. The beautiful countryside is filled with picturesque orchards and farm markets, as well as horse racing, casino gaming and other entertainment.

Surrounding areas: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (6.8 mi), Shepherdstown, West Virginia (9.8 mi), Arden, West Virginia (12.8 mi), Falling Waters, West Virginia (18.3 mi), Hedgesville, West Virginia (19.2 mi), Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (30.2 mi), Capon Bridge, West Virginia (30.8 mi)

Ranson Vacation Rentals

Ranson Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Knights Inn907 E Washington StCharles Town, WV (304) 725-2041
Turf Motel741 E Washington StCharles Town, WV (304) 725-2081
Holiday Inn Express681 Flowing Springs RdRanson, WV (304) 725-1330
Serenity Motel401 N Mildred StRanson, WV (304) 725-1447
Hampton Inn & Suites157 Pimlico DrCharles Town, WV1.0 mi.(304) 725-2200
Northgate Inn188 Patrick Henry WayCharles Town, WV1.7 mi.(304) 725-1402
Comfort Inn25 Union StHarpers Ferry, WV6.5 mi.(304) 535-6391
Hilltop House Hotel-Harpers Ferry, WV6.8 mi.(304) 535-6321
Quality Inn & Conference CTRRt 340Harpers Ferry, WV6.8 mi.(304) 535-6302
Bavarian Inn164 Shepherdgrade RdShepherdstown, WV9.8 mi.(304) 876-2551
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center233 Lowe DrShepherdstown, WV9.8 mi.(304) 876-7000
National Conservation Training Center698 Conservation WayShepherdstown, WV9.8 mi.(304) 876-7263
Hampton Inn4758 Gerrardstown RdInwood, WV10.5 mi.(304) 229-6677
Pikeside Motel2138 Winchester AveMartinsburg, WV11.3 mi.(304) 263-5189
Wheatland Motel1193 Winchester AveMartinsburg, WV11.9 mi.(304) 267-2994
Scottish Inns1024 Winchester AveMartinsburg, WV12.3 mi.(304) 267-2935
Econo Lodge5595 Hammonds Mill RdMartinsburg, WV12.4 mi.(304) 274-2181
Krista-lite MotelMartinsburg, WV12.4 mi.(304) 263-0906
Oak Crest MotelRFD 5Martinsburg, WV12.4 mi.(304) 267-2118
Rodeway Inn94 Mcmillan CtMartinsburg, WV12.4 mi.(304) 263-8811
Comfort Suites1937 Short RdMartinsburg, WV12.7 mi.(304) 263-8888
Mount Weather Emergency Assistance CTR19844 Blue Rdg Mountain RdBluemont, VA12.8 mi.(540) 662-9201
Hampton Inn975 Foxcroft AveMartinsburg, WV13.1 mi.(304) 267-2900
Martinsburg Motel396 Eagle School RdMartinsburg, WV13.2 mi.(304) 263-4771
Days Inn Shenandoah209 Viking WayMartinsburg, WV13.4 mi.(304) 263-1800
Holiday Inn Martinsburg301 Foxcroft AveMartinsburg, WV13.4 mi.(304) 267-5500
Super 8 Motel-martinsburg1600 Edwin Miller BlvdMartinsburg, WV14.4 mi.(304) 263-0801
Travelodge1700 Edwin Miller BlvdMartinsburg, WV14.4 mi.(304) 263-8811
Comfort Inn1872 Edwin Miller BlvdMartinsburg, WV14.5 mi.(304) 263-6200
Knights Inn1997 Edwin Miller BlvdMartinsburg, WV14.5 mi.(304) 267-2211
Comfort Inn1601 Martinsburg PikeWinchester, VA15.8 mi.(540) 667-8894
Econo Lodge Winchester North1593 Martinsburg PikeWinchester, VA15.8 mi.(540) 662-4700
Shoneys Inn1347 Berryville AveWinchester, VA16.7 mi.(540) 665-1700
Hampton Inn Conference Center204 Berryville AveWinchester, VA17.4 mi.(540) 678-4000
Country Inn & Suites-Winchester141 Kernstown Commons BlvdWinchester, VA17.9 mi.(540) 869-7657
Courtyard By Marriott Winchester Medical Center300 Marriott DrWinchester, VA17.9 mi.(540) 678-8822
Echo Village Motel3632 Vly PikeWinchester, VA17.9 mi.(703) 869-1900
Fairfield Inn & Suites250 Frnt Royal PikeWinchester, VA17.9 mi.(540) 665-8881
Holiday Inn Express & Suites142 Fox Ridge LnWinchester, VA17.9 mi.(540) 667-7050
Wingate Inn150 Wingate DrWinchester, VA17.9 mi.(540) 678-4283
Bed & Breakfast
Beaver Creek House Bed And Breakfast20432 Beaver CRK RdHagerstown, MD25.1 mi.(301) 797-4764

Ranson Weather & Climate

The extreme eastern portion of West Virginia ,where West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia meet, generally has a humid continental climate. This means warm to hot, humid summers and cool to cold winters, increasing in severity with elevation. However, the weather in all parts of the state is subject to rapid changes. Slightly more than half the rainfall occurs from April to September. In addition to persistent cloudy skies caused by the damming of moisture by the Alleghenies, West Virginia also experiences some of the most frequent precipitation in the nation. Snow usually lasts only a few days in the lower sections but may persist for weeks in the higher mountain areas. However, severe weather is somewhat less prevalent in West Virginia than in most other eastern states, and it ranks among the least tornado-prone states east of the Rockies.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 20°F 2.95 in. -
February 43°F 22°F 2.54 in. -
March 52°F 30°F 3.31 in. -
April 63°F 38°F 3.30 in. -
May 72°F 48°F 4.12 in. -
June 81°F 56°F 3.85 in. -
July 86°F 61°F 3.91 in. -
August 84°F 59°F 3.35 in. -
September 77°F 51°F 3.43 in. -
October 66°F 39°F 3.56 in. -
November 55°F 32°F 3.15 in. -
December 44°F 24°F 2.93 in. -

Ranson Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Eastern Wv Regional Shepherd Field (MRB) located about 9 miles northwest of Ranson in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the Washington Dulles International airport (IAD) located approximately 32 miles southeast of Ranson in Washington, District Of Columbia, the Ronald Reagan Washington National airport (DCA) located roughly 53 miles southeast of Ranson in Washington, District Of Columbia, and finally the Baltimore Washington International airport (BWI) located around 64 miles east of Ranson in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ranson Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersRockvilleMD40.6 mi.
JeepersGreenbeltMD56.5 mi.
Marshall Hall ParkBryans RoadMD61.7 mi.
Six Flags AmericaMitchellvilleMD65.2 mi.
Six Flags AmericaUpper MarlboroMD68.2 mi.
JeepersParkvilleMD71.2 mi.
Williams Grove ParkMechanicsburgPA78.0 mi.
Lakemont ParkAltoonaPA89.2 mi.
Water Parks
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD82.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Locust Hills Golf CourseCharles TownWV1.0 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country ClubCharles TownWV1.0 mi.
Stonebridge Golf ClubMartinsburgWV11.9 mi.
Woodbrier Golf CourseMartinsburgWV11.9 mi.
Carpers Valley Golf ClubWinchesterVA18.1 mi.
Goose Creek Golf ClubLeesburgVA20.6 mi.
Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt ClubLeesburgVA20.6 mi.
Westpark Golf ClubLeesburgVA20.6 mi.
Musket Ridge Golf ClubMyersvilleMD21.4 mi.
Beaver Creek Country ClubHagerstownMD22.8 mi.
Black Rock Golf CourseHagerstownMD25.0 mi.
Hagerstown Municipal Golf CourseHagerstownMD25.0 mi.
Bowling Green Country ClubFront RoyalVA25.3 mi.
Clustered Spires Golf CourseFrederickMD25.4 mi.
Shenandoah Valley Golf ClubFront RoyalVA25.4 mi.
Poolesville Golf CoursePoolesvilleMD26.4 mi.
Brambleton Regional Park Golf CourseAshburnVA27.3 mi.
Worthington Manor Golf ClubUrbanaMD27.4 mi.
Front Royal Country ClubFront RoyalVA29.1 mi.
PB Dye Golf ClubIjamsvilleMD29.3 mi.
Whiskey Creek Golf ClubIjamsvilleMD29.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA36.9 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA60.3 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA76.0 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA79.7 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD81.7 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA112.5 mi.
State Parks
Rumsey Monument State ParkWV9.9 mi. 
Gathland State ParkMD13.9 mi. 
Washington Monument State ParkMD18.6 mi. 
Greenbrier State ParkMD20.7 mi. 
Sky Meadows State ParkVA21.9 mi. 
Fort Frederick State ParkMD23.0 mi. 
Gambrill State ParkMD23.2 mi. 
Cacapon State ParkWV27.8 mi. 
Berkeley Springs State ParkWV29.5 mi. 
Seneca Creek State ParkMD31.0 mi. 
Fort Tonoloy State ParkMD32.7 mi. 
Loudoun MuseumLeesburgVA20.2 mi.(History)
Schifferstadt Architectural MuseumFrederickMD25.4 mi.(History)
NIST Virtual MuseumGaithersburgMD36.8 mi.(Technology)
Drop Zone Virtual MuseumFairfax StationVA44.6 mi.(History)
National Capital Trolley MuseumSilver SpringMD49.4 mi.(Technology)
NewseumArlingtonVA50.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
National Museum of American HistoryWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(History)
National Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(History)
National Museum of Women's HistoryWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(History)
National Postal MuseumWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(History)
Tudor Place -- Historic House & GardensWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(History)
A Guide to the Museums of WashingtonWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum Services InternationalWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Octagon Museum (American Architectural Foundation)WashingtonDC52.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Washington National CathedralWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
White House Virtual ToursWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Dumbarton Oaks Research LibraryWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Pope John Paul II Cultural CenterWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
US Department of Interior MuseumWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Virtual SmithsonianWashingtonDC52.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA31.6 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC52.1 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD66.8 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD66.8 mi.
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA93.9 mi.

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