Thursday, July 10, 2014

Harpers Ferry


This Sunday, we decided to take a trip to Harpers Ferry; the town known for the failed John Brown uprising and the scene of lots of civil war history, is now a National Park.  Many of the buildings are still preserved and if you are a Civil War lover like I am, you will know that Harpers Ferry was used in the movie Gods and Generals for the battle of Fredricksburg.






Stairs that were carved out of rock in the 1700's

St. Peter's Catholic Church


Unbeknownst to us, this weekend just happened to be the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Harpers Ferry.  So, there were lots of fun activities that are not normally there. And, thankfully, it was not too crowded either.


Pretending to haul explosives.


The picture comes to life.


Laundry. Civil War Era Style.

The town also happens to be on the Appalachian Trail and while walking through town, we met some hikers who had been hiking the trail for the last two months. They had were half way through their 2,197 mile journey which began in Georgia and will end in Maine!  Joshua was ready to start his trek on the trail, until he realized he had no hiking gear, camping equipment or food (silly boy).


 Harpers Ferry is situated in between the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.  The old C&O Canal ran along the town. That day, the boys had fun running up the old locks, and climbing the walls of the old canal.






Canal Lock

Old Lock House

"Rock climbing"  I tried not to watch.
To give some perspective as to how high Joshua climbed.  My hubby is over 6ft tall.  Joshua climbed to the top and back down!


Ruins of an old Church in town


This boy is ALWAYS posing for the camera.  Maybe he will be an actor someday!
We had a GREAT time in Harpers Ferry.  There is a lot to do there and we wish we had more time to hike around, play in the river and explore the history of this town.

2 comments:

  1. Love the shots. What a neat place to visit! So your older boy is hysterical in his serious poses while the little guy is just super smiley...so cute!

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  2. The first thing I thought of when I saw Harper's Ferry was John Brown! #HistoryNerd

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