Tuesday's Trip - Harpers Ferry, WV
We took a couple days and got away. We didn't go far, we went to Harper's Ferry in West Virginia. Harper's Ferry is only about an hour and half from our home in the Towson area so it's easily a day trip but we made it an overnight voyage.
Harpers Ferry is the site of one of the major battles during the Civil War and changed sides upwards of eight times through the War. Because of it's location at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers the area was very important to both the Union and the Confederate Army's.
This past weekend was the 150th Anniversary of the Battle at Bolivar Heights. In celebration of that Park Rangers from the National Park Service re-enacted some of the events and gave demonstrations of artillery. During the summer there will be many opportunities to enjoy other demonstrations at Harpers Ferry. Check their website to see what is going on.
We arrived and parked at Cavalier Heights. A 3 day pass into the historic park was only $10 for everyone in our car. We took the shuttle from there to Bolivar Heights to see the demonstrations of artillery of the era.
Then we took the shuttle to Lower Town. Many of the buildings have been restored and house museum exhibits showing the history of the area. We got off the shuttle and walked through the streets and stopped for lunch and continued to walk.
The area is steeped in history. We have always said we wanted to go to Harper's Ferry and we didn't get a chance to go until yesterday. It's a great day trip if you live in the Baltimore area. An easy drive, there is lots of parking and the shuttle runs every 10 minutes until 6:45 pm between the three main sites.
As you progress up Potomac Street you might be tempted to stop at the first place to have lunch, but don't. Move along up the hill and you'll find a couple other choices.
There are so many great sites to be seen and so many buildings to visit and if you are a history/architecture nut like us you'll truly enjoy the little town of Harpers Ferry.