SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Even though he was credited with putting the first steamboat into operation here, James Rumsey's accomplishment lives largely in obscurity.
Rumsey even died without a trace.
The inventor was buried in a pauper's cemetery somewhere in London without a stone to mark his resting place, said Shepherdstown resident Jay Hurley.
But a group of Shepherdstown residents say it's time to give Rumsey his due, and the recognition will come in the form of a three-day celebration next July.
Part of the Rumsey Regatta will include the launching of a replica of Rumsey's steamboat into the Potomac River off Princess Street.