Travel Find Thursday – Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

On our way from Maryland to Missouri we passed through a very small part of West Virginia on highway 340.  The steeple of a church across the river caught our eyes.

DIGITAL CAMERAGoogle map showed a road going to the town at the end of a bridge we would be going over.  The river was the Shenandoah River.  I was dawn, we thought…..what the heck, let’s take a little detour and drive to this little town on the other side of the river.  We were completely surprised and thrilled at what we found. 

DIGITAL CAMERADIGITAL CAMERAThe town was Harpers Ferry and it is historically famous.  The town was first settled in 1732.  This scenic little town is on a point where 2 famous rivers come together, The Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.  In 1761 Robert Harper stared a ferry service across the Potomac River that would allow many travelers the ability to travel and settle further west.  Many of America’s famous people have been to Harpers Ferry, including Mark Twain. 

DIGITAL CAMERAGeorge Washington was here for the first time when he was 17 years old.  Thomas Jefferson was here in 1783. 

DIGITAL CAMERA DIGITAL CAMERAIn 1796 a national armory was built here .  The armory produced over 600,000 muskets, rifles and pistols. 

DIGITAL CAMERA DIGITAL CAMERALewis and Clark spent time here gathering supplies for their great trek to our west coast.

DIGITAL CAMERA DIGITAL CAMERAIn 1859 a man named John Brown raided the arsenal along with 21 others in order to help free black slaves.Robert E. Lee led a group of U.S. Marines to capture the group.  John Brown was captured, tried for treason and hung.  This raid helped start the Civil War.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. orples says:

    I love West Virginia. I think if I didn’t have to worry about an income, I’d move there. Their mountains are breathtaking. 🙂

  2. jpeggytaylor says:

    What an absolutely fascinating place! Some lovely old buildings and beautiful scenery too 🙂

  3. cindy knoke says:

    So pretty, at first I thought it was Europe~

  4. la_lasciata says:

    WONDERFUL post, Iris ! – absolutely fascinating stuff !!!! Feel free to post anything and everything about America of the 18th century, please ! 😀

  5. Stunning photos and what an interesting town. 😀

  6. What a wonderful travel find. You certainly can see some European influences and yet it is different with such an interesting history. I love the flint stairs.

  7. Pretty awesome town! Love your photos, Iris. Happy New Year! Christine

  8. pattisj says:

    I haven’t been there in years, we stopped off on our honeymoon. I’m glad you found this little treasure.

  9. KiwiBee says:

    Beautiful images! They made me want to visit Harpers Ferry. Wonderful story 😊

  10. trina59 says:

    I heard about “Haper’s Ferry” before reading your post, but don’t remember where I heard about it. Most likely some novel or film. Anyway, the photos are really nice and the place seems very interesting. Beautiful area and I will now wonder for the rest of the day, why ‘Harper’s ferry’ rung a bell 🙂

  11. Outlier Babe says:

    I recognize those two-way sets of stairs! 🙂
    Agree w other commenters, but I have a gripe. Iris, it is a punishable offense to mention Harper’s Ferry and John Brown without mentioning the song. Tsk! Double-Tsk! I’ll have to do it for you:

    “John Brown’s body lies a-moulderin’ in the grave,
    John Brown’s body lies a moulderin’ in the grave,
    John Brown’s body lies a moulderin’ in the grave,
    But his truth goes marchin’ on!”

    Actually, by now the moulderin’ is probably long past, and only bones left. Maybe “a-rattlin’ in the grave”?

    Brown was scary-certifiable, and got his black compatriots killed, but to me, he’s still a madman-slash-hero for what he was trying to accomplish.

    1. OMG….John Brown sounded slightly familiar but I did not put the two together! Wow and thanks.

  12. Robin says:

    I tried to reply to this post yesterday, but I was already logged out of WP. Your photos of Harper’s Ferry are beautiful. It is such a great little bit of history, and it oozes with charm. Some detours are worth it 🙂

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