Thursday, July 9, 2015

Traveling Thursdays~A Civil War Adventure

We recently took a quick trip to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Harpers Ferry is where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet. 

It is an old town filled with lots of great history. The National Park has hiking trails, water sports like rafting. areas for picnicking, and a variety of living museums. You can tour a dry goods store, a boarding house, a blacksmith shop, old churches, John Brown's fort, taverns, exhibits about Lewis and Clarke, Slavery, Civil War, and John Brown.


John Brown's Fort

Jefferson Rock

“The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature. You stand on a very high point of land. On your right comes up the Shenandoah, having ranged along the foot of the mountain a hundred miles to seek a vent.
On your left approaches the Patowmac in quest of a passage also. In the moment of their junction they rush together against the mountain, rend it asunder and pass off to the sea. The first glanceof this scene hurries our senses into the opinion that this earth has been created in time, that the mountains were formed first, that the rivers began to flow afterwards, that in this place particularly they have been so dammed up by the Blue Ridge of mountains as to have formed an ocean which filled the whole valley; that, continuing to rise, they have at last broken over at this spot and have torn the mountain down from its summit to its base.
The piles of rock on each hand, but particularly on the Shenandoah, the evident marks of their disruptions and avulsions from their beds by the most powerful agents in nature, corroborate the impression."                                        ~ Thomas Jefferson

Saint Peter's Church was built in 1830's. It no longer holds daily Mass, but it is open to the public daily. They do still offer Mass at 11:00 on Sundays. It's a beautiful church and a wonderful place for Catholics to visit. For more history about the church visit this website.

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