Thursday, June 30, 2016

Traveling Thursday~ Harpers Ferry, WV

Recently our Catholic homeschool group had the wonderful opportunity to travel and tour historic Harpers Ferry, WV. We had a wonderful turn out. Over 20 families from our group attended with more than 60 children eager to explore this historic site.

As a Catholic homeschool group, we were thrilled to get a personalized tour of the historic St. Peter's Church. We were taught about the history of the church and the people that helped build it.

After our tour of the church, we were able to celebrate Mass with one of our Priest from our parish. Father is a huge civil war buff, so he joined our group on our tour of Harpers Ferry and blessed us with Mass in this beautiful church. It was a wonderful experience for all of us.

Saint Joseph, ora pro nobis!

After Mass, we had a picnic in town. We ate at a few picnic tables in the area. It was nice, except the area was very buggy. The gnats were horrible. It was a little hard to eat, so lunch was rather quick but that just gave us more times to tour historic Harpers Ferry.

The town is filled with a variety of shops, stores, and museums to visit. The allow visitors to get a glimpse of how life was back in the good old days.

We visited the dry goods store, the clothing store, the blacksmith shop, the industry museum, the wetlands museum, the John Brown museum, the taverns, and so much more.

During our walking tour, we stopped by and had ice cream at a local shop. It was a wonderful treat for the kids. After our ice cream, we headed over to John Brown's Fort!

At the fort, we were told a little but about John Brown. We then took part in a play or reenactment. Most of the members of our group were given a part to play. Michael volunteered to be Robert E. Lee. I was chosen as a narrator. The play helped the kids to learn and understand the event that took place many years ago now referred to as John Brown's Raid. The two park rangers that lead our group were fantastic. They were friendly and very knowledgeable. If you're ever in the area I highly suggest a visit to this charming historic town.

We followed our history lesson up with a wonderful walk around the river. The area is absolutely breathtaking!

“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

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