That would be Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, our day trip on a rather pleasant weekend Saturday.

In 1794 George Washington instituted an arsenal at this confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

In 1859 abolitionist John Brown staged a raid on the arsenal to supply his followers, and begin a revolution to end slavery. The raid failed and Brown was hanged, but the spark had been lit.  Throughout the Civil War Harper’s Ferry changed between the North and the South 14 times, and was the site of the largest surrender of U.S. troops.  The historic district is now a National Park, with impressive “Then and Now” costumed characters and static displays.

 

Fun fact: the Catholic Church flew a British flag during the Civil War to avoid damage.
The grounds of the historic district are dog-friendly; of course, CTF was most excited about the Shenandoah River.

CTF even became a B.A.R.K. ranger for the day.

Part of the famed Appalachian Trail passes through Harpers Ferry; we saw a few hikers braving the summer heat on our outing and wished them well. Since 1936, when the Appalachian Trail was born, an estimated 20,000 hikers have completed the approximate 2,200 mile trail that stretches from Maine to Georgia.

And, a final feather in Harpers Ferry’s claim-to-fame cap is that Meriwether Lewis dropped by on his way to meet William Clark. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.