Harper's Ferry, West Virginia

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Harper's Ferry, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers
     Harper's Ferry sits near the borders of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.  The Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet here, but this town's claim to fame is probably due to the abolitionist John Brown.  The Federal army had an armory at this site and Brown planned on arming nearly 1000 slaves with pikes to start a revolution against the slave owners.  His plan failed as the army was made aware of his plans and he along with his group were captured, tried, convicted, and hanged.  Coincidently, the major who was in charge of the capture was Robert E. Lee.

     The town sits at the base of the hills, nestled quietly between several mountains and on the banks of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
Building in which abolitionist John Brown was hiding when captured by Federal troops.
  We walked down several streets at the center of town, which was basically deserted.  A few park rangers were in site, but for the most part, the museums, rebuilt houses, etc. were of a self-guided nature.  We were there early on a Tuesday morning which may have accounted for the "sparse" crowds.  The museum about John Brown was interesting.  One of the original pikes he tried to steal, the cell he was held in prior to his hanging, and some pieces of the gallows.

     Down near the river is the armory building he tried to hide out in.  It has been moved from its original location, in fact, it has been moved several times over the years.  It is a quiet, sleepy little town.  Would make a great set for a movie!





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Building in which abolitionist Joh…
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Pikes which were to used by the sl…
Pikes which were to used by the s…
Abandoned hotel atop the bluff ove…
Abandoned hotel atop the bluff ov…
Side street
Side street
Quiet, quaint little town
Quiet, quaint little town
Downtown
Downtown
Storefront
Storefront
Old tavern
Old tavern
Church steeple
Church steeple
Crossing the Potomac
Crossing the Potomac
Harpers Ferry
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