Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for more than 20 years. It’s a couple of hours from Washington, D.C. and just over the border in West Virginia, at a triangle where it meets Maryland and Virginia. My aunt and uncle spend Sunday driving Brian and I over to see this historic small town. The Potomac River which runs through Washington, D.C. runs along the edge of Harper’s Ferry while the Shenandoah River runs along the other side of town and pours into the Potomac.
AT bridge over the Shenandoah
The Appalachian Trail, which runs more than 2,100 miles along this mountain range, reaches its unofficial midpoint in this town. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters are located here and the trail itself routes right through town, one of only a handful of times that it does so.
Bike Trip Monticello 098
I remember Harper’s Ferry (although the town name has now been changed to remove the apostrophe) from history class in school. John Brown was an abolitionist who led a raid on the Federal Arsenal in Harper’s Ferry in October 1859 an event that fueled the debate about slavery and continued to push our country closer to the Civil War. The engine house known as “John Brown’s Fort” is here and was the place soldiers pinned Brown and his men down right before their capture.
The Armory
Much of the town is part of a National Historic District and much of the lower part of town is part of the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.
Harper's Ferry, WV
Thank you so much, Ruth and Dick, for a wonderful day with you checking this historic place off my list.

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1 comment

  1. As always good stuff. Great pictures, wish I was riding along…

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