Our last stop in West Virginia was at Harpers Ferry. What an exciting, beautiful town on the eastern side of West Virginia where the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet.
Harpers Ferry National Park is a 3,660 acre park located in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. The town is named after Robert Harper who built a ferry to cross the Potomac River in the 1700's.
|In the distance is Harpers Ferry on the left and a railroad line crossing the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.|
|Walking into Harpers Ferry.|
|Within 30 years this canal system was replaced by two railroads and the larger Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.|
|Cornelia Stipes, a Harpers Ferry widow, and her three daughters ran a boarding house in this building during the Civil War. This money kept her family from starving.|
|This special room was called a Sky Parlor under the slanting roof.|
|One of many dry good stores in Harpers Ferry. During its heyday there were 40 separate stores in the area.|
|A regular wash tub. You had to haul your water in from the local well and heat it up before you could take a bath.|
|A washtub for the wealthy. They probably had someone else carry in and heat the water.|
|Anything you would ever need was in these stores.|
|Even a cherry pitter.|
|A luxurious hat for the wealthy entrepreneur.|
In October, 1859, Abolitionist John Brown and 18 men raided the U.S. National Armory at Harpers Ferry to obtain weapons to arm enslaved African-Americans to fight for their freedom. Soon surrounded by Virginia militia in the factory's fire engine house, he was captured by Colonel Robert E. Lee of the U.S. Army. During his trial for treason Brown spoke against slavery, was found guilty, and hanged.
Two months after his death, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech about Brown that launched his presidential campaign. Fear of Lincoln's election increased Southern calls for independence. When Lincoln won, Southern states began leaving the Union to create a Confederacy and the Civil War started when South Carolina troops fired on Fort Sumter in 1861.
|His troops, led by Stonewall Jackson, dragged 2,000 lb cannons up a ravine in the dark and rolled the cannons into position in an open field.|
|The area where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers converge is called the Point.|
|Dogs are allowed here and Lucy and Desi got to swim in the Shenandoah River. They even have outdoor restaurants where dogs are welcome.|
|This railroad line is still in operation and you can walk on a bridge alongside the railway into the tunnel. That walkway is part of the Appalachian Trail.|
|A hiker coming off the Appalachian Trail with her dog into Harpers Ferry.|
|This building is built into the rock side. At the top right you can see the steeple of St Peter's Catholic Church.|
|We saw several buildings that looked like this. It is where the old building, now gone, butted before they stuccoed it.|
|In 1775, town founder Robert Harper chose this hillside for his home. The home was completed after he died so it was left to his niece.|
|The Harper Cemetery is 4 acres above the town and many of the tombstones have the names of people who lived here years ago.|
|This is called Jefferson Rock after Thomas Jefferson who described the view during a visit in 1783. He said it was one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen.|
|You have to climb up and past St Peter's to get to Jefferson Rock.|
|The walk down is even better with the steps mainly uneven slabs of stone.|
We left West Virginia and drove into Luray, Virginia, so we could spend some time in the mountains. We visited the Shenandoah National Park on the Skyline Drive and spent three days seeing the views and hiking the pups on different sections of the Appalachian Trail.
|The leaves were just starting to change colors.|
|Desi waiting patiently for us further up on the trail.|
We also checked out downtown Luray, Virginia.
|The Inn at the Shenandoah, circa 1885.|
|It had art shops and other neat little stores.|
From Luray here we moved on to Charlottesburg and a few of our favorite wineries.
|Had to share this picture of a pup we saw in one of the wineries. Check out the eyelashes. |
|The owners said the eyelashes get so long they have to have them trimmed. BTW, it's a male dog and his name is Jackson!|
|Madeleine had a soccer game and scored two points.|
|While Anthony, Dane, and Grandpa played football.|
|Daughter, Lynn, loves to decorate and she really does a great job.|
And then we headed for home and some relaxation time. Well that lasted about a day and then the Captain decided we should clear some trees on our land. The first tree was dead but it was big. About 100 feet tall and very large. As the Captain cut the tree it twisted a little bit and fell into another large tree and got stuck in the upper limbs. We had planned on taking down the second tree but not in that fashion. After a few additional cuts here and there, and the Captain moving gingerly a few times, the tree finally hit the ground.
|Our good neighbor, Gary Davis, came over to help.|
Here's a riddle: What's worse than a Stihl chain saw getting stuck in a tree? Two getting stuck in the tree.
|The guys worked and worked on the tree to free the saws. The wood was so dense it didn't want to let go.|
|The pups stayed far out of the way.|
|Finally, after using a four-wheel drive truck with a cable, they were able to free one of the chain saws.|
|Then they started working on the second one.|
|Hooray! They got them both free. That wore everyone out so the final cutting was moved to the next day. |