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.
Google 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.
The 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.
George Washington was here for the first time when he was 17 years old. Thomas Jefferson was here in 1783.
In 1796 a national armory was built here . The armory produced over 600,000 muskets, rifles and pistols.
In 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.