I am lucky enough to have lived near Philadelphia growing up and got to enjoy all there was in our nation’s first capital. Now I live in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and am lucky enough to live in the middle of Civil War History!
My husband grew up on land that was used as camps for the troops during the Civil War! How amazing is that?!?! We also have Harpers Ferry National Park nearby. We love going over there on the weekend and walk around and take in the beauty.
Harpers Ferry is where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet. Also 3 states merge together in this area. Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. It is beautiful! This is also the site of one of the most interesting pre-Civil War stories that isn’t really told.
John Brown selected Harpers Ferry as the beginning of his dream to free the slaves. He and his 21-man “army of liberation” seized the 100,000 weapons at the Armory and Arsenal, the building itself now known as “John Brown’s Fort”. John Brown was tried for treason in Charles Town, WV and found guilty. He was hanged on December 2, 1859.
Because of the town’s location and the fact that it was along the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad the Union and Confederate troops moved through the area frequently. The town changed hands eight times between 1861 and 1865!
Harpers Ferry has some great shopping and hiking. There are museums and exhibits along with hikes that overlook or are along the Civil War skirmish lines. You can do a Ranger guided tour or take your own. We are the mid-point of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail so many hikers pass through this area. If you are going to come for a day trip you have to pay to park. It’s $10 per car. The entrance pass is valid for three consecutive days. If you are hiking through you can get a pass at $5 per person again good for three consecutive days.
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