Potomac River view, Harpers Ferry, WV

On the way back from Baltimore to Memphis, we passed through the little town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, known primarily for John Brown’s raid on the US Arsenal there in an attempt to foment a slave uprising. Although the effort failed, it contributed to the start of the Civil War. What I hadn’t known about is the absolutely beautiful setting of the little town, situated on a peninsula beside the wide Potomac River. An old church with a tall steeple dominates the townscape, and it appears to be full of old and historic architecture. I’m not sure if there’s much of a tourist trade, but there seems to be a bed-and-breakfast and a handful of restaurants and bars. The town is probably worth a special visit in the future.

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