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Friday, June 26, 2009

Harpers Ferry

We recently visited Harpers Ferry. This small town has a population of 312 as of July 2007!
We drove in at the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Visitor's Center which is located above the old town. It only costs $6 per car and they take you by bus to the town below.
If you go there, I would advise that you go early and plan to spend the entire day there (wish we had).

It's like taking a walk back in time.

There are people in town that walk around in period costume.

Along the above road on the left are cellars carved back into the hillside.

This is the beginning of the path that leads to Jefferson Rock

After walking a long ways up the hill you come to this sign in front of the rocks.

Here is the view from the top.

Thomas Jefferson stood here on October 25, 1783. I stood here in June 2009 - 226 years later.
He said 'The scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic.'

The town is filled with museums, replicas of old stores and many old buildings. We went into a building they made into an old dry goods store of the 1850 time period. Below is a list of prices.

Old buildings. . .

more old buildings. . .

John Brown's Fort. . .

The footbridge to the C & O Canal. ..

And which way do you want to go? I think I'll head for Georgia, it's shorter!

If you are ever in the area, I would recommend visiting Harpers Ferry, especially if you like historical areas. But, go early, and plan to spend the entire day.

Have any of you ever been there?


  1. I am so excited that I found your blog (even though I did kinda find it by accident!), yours is the first that I have found from WV. WV is where I am from. I was born and raise on Campbells Creek, just east of Charleston. Moved to Ky 3 yrs ago! I have bookmarked you!

    Kim in Ky

  2. I have never been there but I would like to go. Looks like you had a good time.

  3. Candy was just a bit expensive! Looks like a neat place.

  4. I love Harpers Ferry. We've been there several times, but I've never been able to stay as long as I wanted. I remember how it was in the 60's before it became quite such a tourist destination. Its location is amazing. These are great photos, Janet!

  5. I love Harper's Ferry. I took my children there when they were little. It was in the early 70s. I always said I would go back and visit but never did.
    I love the way the shops are lined up on the mountainous streets.
    Looks like you had a lot of fun!
    Blessings, Annie

  6. No, but I'd like to.
    Guess I'm too late to go with you, huh? tee hee

  7. What a neat place! I'd love to visit it-and see all the history someday.


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