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|
"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|
"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!