Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

 On Sunday we visited Harpers Ferry, a quaint little town in West Virginia. It was great because the historic part of the town (the Lower Town) is an open-air museum. The inside of the buildings has been transformed to look exactly like it was in the past. You can walk in and out, take your time to look around and take pictures. There are also mini-museums where you can learn about different historical aspects of the town. 

the Dry Goods store

the Confectionery Exhibit

the White Hall Tavern
at the Black Voices museum

at the Industry museum
from  the official website:

"THE HISTORY OF HARPERS FERRY HAS FEW PARALLELS IN THE AMERICAN DRAMA. It is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered - involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States."



Apart from its important history, the natural scenery is breathtaking.






the Jefferson Rock
 Thomas Jefferson stood there on October 25, 1783 and this is how he described the view:

"The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature. You stand on a very high point of land. On your right comes up the Shenandoah, having ranged along the foot of the mountain a hundred miles to seek a vent. On your left approaches the Patowmac in quest of a passage also. In the moment of their junction they rush together against the mountain, rend it asunder and pass off to the sea....This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic."

(you can read the whole description here)






this deer was kind enough as to pose for a picture


It was a fun day!

21 comments:

  1. Lady! You're on a roll with the posts, I can barely keep up!

    Oooh historic town... me like so much >< It looks so beautiful over there, I wish I could one day take a nice long holiday and travel N-Am and see for myself.

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    1. Yeah, I should have posted them farther apart but I couldn't wait! :)
      Oh yes!! You should definitely come, I'm sure you will enjoy it!

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  2. Καλησπέρα Εύη μου!!Πώ πώ!!Φανταστικά μέρη!!!Εξαιρετικές όλες οι φωτογραφίες σου!!Ωραία η βόλτα πού μοιράστηκες μαζί μας!!!Νά περνάς καλά κοριτσάκι!!Καλή εβδομάδα!!!Φιλάκια!!

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    1. Ειναι οντως πολυ ωραια! Ελπιζω να ξαναπαμε εκδρομουλα συντομα!

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  3. Your pictures capture the essence of the mythical West!

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    1. I felt as if I were in the Little House on the Prairie set. It was exciting!

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  4. Your post brought back a rush of memory; it's been many years since I went to Harper's Ferry! I hope you're having a wonderful and safe journey.

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    1. It was beautiful! I'm enjoying my stay a lot!! :)

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  5. Why $1,400? Is there something significant about that figure, as opposed to having a display for $10 or $100 or any other number?

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    1. I have no idea! Maybe there was some relevant information somewhere near the illustration but I'm ashamed to admit I didn't notice it.

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    2. Ah well. Maybe some clever clogs will come along one day and tell us : o )

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  6. Hope your settling in live the scenery it is not dissimilar yo Ireland. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Hi Inge! It's been fine so far! Have a great weekend!

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  7. What a charming little town you visited, Evi. There is alot of history attached to this town also. I really like the picture of the stairs, it's unique. I love to visit old and historic towns. There is so much to see and do.

    Happy Friday.
    ~Sheri

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    1. It was really nice and so different from what I'm used to. Thank you for visiting! :)

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  8. nice work!! greetings from Greece!!!
    http://memylensandeye.blogspot.gr/

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  9. Γειά σου Εύη , έπεσα πάνω σου περνώντας απο τη dimi και χαζευα τις ωραίες φωτογραφίες σου , εκεί ζείς ή πήγες ταξίδι δεν ξέρω αλλα΄φαίνεται πολύ όμορφο μέρος , είμαι καινούργια blogger ασχολούμαι με πλέξιμο, συνταγές διάφορα και λέω να σου στείλω βραβείο όπως μου έστειλαν και μένα , όπου μετα λές 11 πράγματα για τον εαυτό σου , ετσι για να γνωριστεί η μπλογκογειτονιά, σου εύχομαι καλο Πάσχα Μαίρη

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    1. Σ'ευχαριστω για την επισκεψη και τα καλα σου λογια! Σ'ευχαριστω και για το βραβειο! Εχω ενα ακομα απο τη Ντιμι κ θα τα κανω μαζι!
      Χαρηκα για τη γνωριμια, παω να δω το μπλογκ σου! :)

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