Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Oct 24, 2010Public
Photo: This is looking northeast on Shenandoah Street shortly after disembarking from the shuttle bus that brings visitors from the parking lot and welcome center.
Photo: Up ahead on the left is the corner of Shenandoah St. and High St. The Applachian Trail continues northeast along Shenandoah St. and turns north briefly at Potomac St. to cross High St. and continue west.
Photo: High Street contains restaurants and shops as well as an historic inn.
Photo: We turned off High St. to enter the Applachian Trail to climb a steep hill to St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church.
Photo: After my friends went beyond St. Peter's church to visit a picturesque cemetery and Jefferson Rock that commemorates the Founding Father's 1783 encomium, we explored High Street. Thomas Jefferson wrote the following about his visit to Harpers Ferry: "The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature."
Photo: The architecture uses native stone for the foundations, but the superstructures are made from wood still quite abundant nearby.
Photo: High on the face of the hill across the Potomac River is a faded advertisement for some kind of powder. Two railroads converged at Harpers Ferry with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (ca. 1835): The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Winchester & Potomac (bridge above).
Photo: My friend noticed a fitting subject on the Winchester & Potomac Railroad bridge. Halloween was only a week away.
Photo: Remnants of an earlier bridge across the Potomac. "The ferry service that Robert Harper managed in the mid-1700s became obsolete in the early 1800s as bridges spanned the rivers. Today, only the railroad remains as an active reminder of Harpers Ferry's transportation heritage" (USGPO, 2010).
Photo: John Brown began his raid on the federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry on Sunday evening, October 16, 1859. Above is the armory fire engine house (now known as John Brown's Fort) where US Marines captured John Brown after storming the building. The Commonwealth of Virginia hanged Brown on December 2, 1859. The building has been moved several times. It went to Chicago for the World's Fair, 1893. http://www.nps.gov/hafe/historyculture/stories.htm
Photo: The Civil War had a profound effect on Harpers Ferry, wrecking its economy and forcing many residents to leave forever. Located strategically at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley, Harpers Ferry witnessed frequent troop movements. The town changed hands eight times between 1861 and 1865.http://www.nps.gov/hafe/historyculture/1862-battle-of-harpers-ferry.htm
Photo: Confluence of the Shenandoah, on the right, and the Potomac, on the left. The bridge in the distance supports traffic on Hwy 340.
Photo: On the banks of the shallow Shenandoah River in West Virginia looking east towards Maryland on the left beyond the bridge.  Hwy 340 crosses the Potomac on the green steel bridge in the distance.  Virginia is across the river on the right.
Photo: In spring and fall this stretch of the Shenandoah is popular for white water rafting. In summer it moves to the Potomac. http://www.riverriders.com/RRMain.asp?Option=Detail&Activity=Rafting&TripID=1Harpers Ferry was stricken with record-making 26 ft floods in 1870 and 1936.