We are going Dutch. Pennsylvania Dutch that is. Before that we have booked an historical walking tour in Harpers Ferry, WV, starting at 11am.
So after breakfast, we pack up our things in Luray, VA and start driving north. Along the way, we pass this creek which necessitated a photo...
Harpers Ferry is also considered being the halfway mark for the Appalachian Trail.
- This is an old town which came about because an entrepreneur called Harper figured people would pay to get assisted across the river more than 200 years ago. He was successful but not too smart as his little business kept getting flooded and his cabin floated off downstream about 6 times.
- The town seriously grew when George Washington started buying land here as a young man then when he had political clout he wanted the 2nd US Armoury built here, which would increase the value of his land. Of course with flooding and being in the wilderness the area was totally unsuitable but he got his way and the Armoury grew to be huge. For a long time the men of this town focused on weapons, whiskey and women!
- The first and most famous "civil war action" at Harpers Ferry was in 1859 inspired by one man, John Brown, with about 14 accomplices, who tried to capture the Armoury so he could free slaves with the guns he got. Nothing to do with the Confederates or the Union. His attack did not work and he was eventually hung for treason however history treated him favorably because his purpose was to free slaved people and thus linked him to the civil war.
- Of course once the civil war really started Harpers Ferry was in the thick of things and changed hands about 6 or 7 times until the Union finally held it. Stonewall Jackson one an early strategically brilliant victory here that apparently is still taught in military schools today.
Spring is evident everywhere - this lovely cherry blossom in full bloom is outside our hotel window.
Another big day finished up with a call from Di to Beverly for her birthday. Bev is in LA visiting family and it is the first time they've spoken directly since we left Oz.
All good and now ready for bed. Good night.