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PLACE OF INTEREST
The town of Harper’s Ferry, where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac River, is the site of a famous Civil War–era raid. Surrounded by a national historical park, the town looks as it did in the 19th century, with many of the buildings open to the public as living-history museums. Paths wind through Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, which has 19th-century buildings, a Civil War Museum and John Brown’s Fort, a key site in an 1859 abolitionist raid. The location where the rivers meet, known as The Point, offers views of Maryland and Virginia. The Appalachian Trail Visitor Center has exhibits on the long-distance hiking trail. Harper’s Ferry was first settled in 1732 by Peter Stephens, whose “squatter’s rights” were bought in 1747 by Robert Harper, for whom the town was named.
Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park: Great place for the family or a solitary visitor; and an important place in U.S. history. A little something for everyone: quaint shops, picturesque old churches and a graveyard, and nice hikes along the Appalachian Trail that runs through it! Make sure and give yourself plenty of time to check out all the displays and to read the multitude of plaques throughout the park. If you are limited on time, you will leave regretting that you couldn’t explore it more. This Park is indeed one of the crown jewels in the National Park Service. Covering over 4,000 acres in 3 states (WV, VA and MD) at the scenic confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and the Potomac River water gap through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Park features an amazing diversity of American History all in one place: Great figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, “Stonewall” Jackson, JEB Stuart, Philip Sheridan, W.E.B. DuBois, Kate Field and many others have visited! The C&O Canal National Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail all converge at Harper’s Ferry NHP. Twenty miles of hiking trails in the Park offer more than a one weekend getaway. Local businesses offer whitewater rafting, tubing, fishing and many outdoor activities, along with dining and various overnight accommodations. Come visit beautiful Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park and be swept away by the mountains, the rivers and the history for a visit you and your family will long remember!
Maryland Heights: Amazing view of Harper’s Ferry from up here. There is a bit of a climb but nothing too bad…it is well worth the short hike up for the amazing view. As you would expect, it is a popular trail so don’t expect to find any solitude hiking up this trail. In general, the trail is wide allowing for easy hiking alongside others (or passing slower hikers). This across the river which gives a fabulous view of Harper’s Ferry
John Brown’s Fort: John Brown’s Fort was originally constructed in 1848 for use as a guard and fire engine house by the federal Harpers Ferry Armory in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, then a part of Virginia. Incredible historic site that played an important role in leading the country to the Civil War. It’s one thing to read about it in books. To be able to see it in person and touch it, AMAZING! It is the highlight of any visit to Harpers Ferry as it is a small piece of history and the events surrounding it sparked a war.
John Brown Wax Museum: John Brown’s history comes alive as so much of the town is perfectly preserved. The wax museum does a good job in setting the stage and visualizing what happened during John Brown’s raid. Although the museum by the fort does a more historic approach, this wax museum makes it a good family introduction to the event.
Lockwood House: The Lockwood House is one of the largest residences in Harper’s Ferry. It is also known as the Paymaster’s Quarters. This beautiful house is inside of the Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park and directly adjoins the Harpers Ferry Cemetery. This 19th-century home actually served as a hospital, headquarters, prison and ballroom during the Civil War.
White Hall Tavern: This tavern was owned by a German man who was the first Harpers Ferry resident killed during the Civil War. The reenact in the tavern was very good and knew the story/lines for the building very well. It sits across from the embankment that has the John Brown’s Fort monument on it and down the street from the actual building. Really recommend stopping in here and it is a nice break from the sun on a hot day. They have great apple cider too.
Harper’s Ferry Station: A working train station with lots of history. Also, if you arrive early enough, free parking! The views are awesome, and if you are a train buff makes it even better. Easy to get to the lower town sites from here. It has a great view of the river too.
You can fly into Washington, DC, rent a car and drive to Harper’s Ferry. TravelKatz will be happy to put this special historic vacation together for you and your family or group. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston was named by town founder George Clendenin for his father, Charles Clendenin. Originally spelled “Charlestown,” Charleston was previously called “Clendenin’s Settlement,” or simply “the town at the mouth of the Elk.”
State Capitol: Many things are overlooked in West Virginia, but the State Capitol is not one of them. Possibly one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the country, the dome is the perfect addition to the gorgeous mountain landscape. Lots of rich history too. The golden and black dome sits atop a classical design that looks like a Capital Building should look. The setting across from the river is idyllic. The inside of the building uses beautiful marble extensively. The view of the dome from inside is amazing. Be sure and look at the chambers that house the Senate and House of Delegates. The grounds of the Capital are very nice and well-maintained.
West Virginia State Museum: This museum is in the basement of the cultural center right next to the state capital. It’s free and the staff are friendly. The exhibits are well done and the history is comprehensive starting from when coal formed to modern times. As you walk the designated route, plaques on the floor show the year represented by each exhibit. Great West Virginia history demo for kids, and free, to boot! Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Capitol Market: The Capitol Market offers a wide variety of fresh produce in season from local farmers. A great selection of fish, wine, cheese and specialty items featured in the state. There should be something special for you to take home even if you are from out of town.
Clay Center: Now, the venue. The Clay Center has wonderful acoustics for musical events. They host everything from orchestral and Celtic to Rock and pop music. The Clay Center is a must see, with its 240,000-square-foot facility dedicated to promoting performing arts, visual arts, and the sciences. All three being housed under one roof makes it one of the few of its kind in the United States. And, if you haven’t been to the Avampato Discovery Museum and the Electric Sky Theatre, stop what you’re doing right now and go. They’re incredible!!!!!
Mountain State Food Tour: This walking/food tour was fabulous! The hosts are informed, friendly and welcoming. The restaurants are chosen thoughtfully and the food/drink selections are excellent. You get a small but satisfying sample at each stop that makes you want to come back to try more. Also, you will enjoyed learning about the history of Charleston in such a fun and casual way.
Capitol Street: Sweet place to take a leisurely stroll & reminisce with friends the Charleston center if old. You can enjoy a variety of food, visit Taylor Books & top it off with an ice cream treat. Just stroll along and take in the laid-back atmosphere. There are many different restaurants from which to choose.
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