The Rumseian Society will hold its annual general meeting at 6:30 PM on Dec. 16, in the reception room of the Entler Hotel at the corner of Princess and German St., Shepherdstown WV.
We will conduct Society business, plan for the new year, and then process to Tommy’s Pizza. All those interested are welcome. For more information, directions : 304 263 2531
You’ve reached the Rumseian Society, of Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The Society was first created in Philadelphia, in 1788, to further the inventive career of James Rumsey, and was disbanded with his death, in 1792. It was re-created in 1903 in Shepherdstown, to build the Rumsey Monument that still stands overlooking the Potomac, and was re-created again in 1984 to build the Rumseian Experiment, a replica of James Rumsey’s 1787 steamboat. The Experiment steamed for the last time in 2007, but it can still be seen in the Rumsey Boathouse Museum in Shepherdstown.
The current Society project is the building of Rumsey’s rotary steam engine. If it is successful, we hope to mount it on a boat.
Portrait of Rumsey by West, Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Alexander Botelers Sketch of Rumsey's Portrait
Label from an apple crate, circa 1930?
Rumsey's apparatus for testing water turbines
James Rumsey. Photo of the West portrait in Turner's biography: retouching has changed him considerably