Today was a perfect day for a mini getaway, and with the sun burning bright, I decided to hop in my car and travel to Harpers Ferry. About an hour and a half drive from my house, I enjoyed the views of the rolling countryside that surrounded me on Route 50 and driving through the small country towns of Middleburg, Upperville, and Berryville before reaching Harpers Ferry. The views of the mountains and the Shenandoah River were breathtaking, and although it was humid, it was still a perfect day to take in the scenery.
Upon arriving at Harpers Ferry, I decided to hike down by the river for some pictures. There were several people wading or relaxing in a tube on the river. There were even some rafters in the water.
After leaving the river area, I decided to partake in the history of Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry’s rich history dates back to the capture of John Brown, who was an abolitionist, who chose to seize weapons from the Arsenal, along with other slaves. Also, the Civil War had a devastating impact on this city, as both the Union and Confederate troops occupied this area several times. There was much destruction with most of the city being burned down. The city was also a port for transportation with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Baltimore & Ohio, and the Winchester & Potomac Railroads all traveling through the city. Robert Harper operated a ferry service (thus the name) until several bridges were built to ease the transportation.
If you have the opportunity, make the trip to Harpers Ferry. Enjoy the historical landmarks, hike some of the Appalachian Trail or take a bike ride on the C & O Canal. The shops in this wonderful town are also quaint and only enhance the charm of this beautiful enclave off the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.