19th Century Throwback
Harpers Ferry is a town in West Virginia where the Potomac River meets the Shenandoah River. This town thrived during the industrial age with manufacturers along the rivers using water to power their mills. There is so much history here from both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. It is well worth the drive to visit, parking at the Visitor’s Center and shuttling down into the historic Harpers Ferry to explore.
Exploring the City
Walk through the cobblestone paths and roads in Historic Harpers Ferry and imagine what it must have been like to live in this city 100 years ago. Many of the older buildings have been converted into museums or other informational centers.
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church
The church sits on top a hill that overlooks the city. Built in 1833 in a pseudo-Gothic style which it kept through the Civil War, the only church in Harpers Ferry that was not destroyed. It was renovated in 1896 to the Neo-Gothic style it is today.
Jefferson Rock is a rock formation on the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. It consists of several large masses of shale rock, piled one upon the other, that overlook the Shenandoah River. Thomas Jefferson stoon there in 1783 and said “this scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic”.