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Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Nineteenth Century Dinnertime

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The Ray House

At Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield near Springfield, Missouri

ray1ray2 ray3 ray4 ray5The Ray farmhouse is a wonderful restored home that you can walk through to get the feel of a nineteenth century home.

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Dinnertime at the Ray House

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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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Travel Find Thursday – Gettysburg National Military Park

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This park is a memorial to America’s Civil War (1861 – 1865) and The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863 and is the largest battle fought in North America. The Military Park is just outside of the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The town has many shops and restaurants.

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The auto tour of the Military Park takes you to all of the key areas during the battles of Gettysburg.  We had no idea the battlefield was so large. The National Park Service is doing a great job restoring the area to its look during the Civil War, so a large part of the park looks like pasture land. There are over 400 cannons all through the park and over 1330 monuments and markers. Happily for us it was easy to drive around the main places of the battle.

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