Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

This is a unique National Park. It is the site of the former US Armory. It is where John Brown made his stand. There was a significant Civil War battle in 1862 where Harpers Ferry changed hands more than 5 times during one day. The Appalachian Trail goes through the area as well as the C&O towpath. It is home to the non-defunct Storer College, an HBCU. There is so much to see and do. In my mind, this park is a must see on the National Park list. Unlike other parks that try to cover a specific time period or event, this park has the enormous task of covering hundreds of years of history and events.

We came to the park with a plan. My goal was to see the old Armory area, hike part of the Appalachian Trail and tour the historic town. I did this a so much more. I did not know about Storer College until this visit. Many of the campus building are still standing. This college was in operation from 1867 to 1955. It was started to provide education to former slaves.

Appalachian Trail/C&O Towpath and views of the Potomac River

This is a picturesque park. Have you been? What was your favorite part?

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