One of the things that we do to make moving so often seem exciting for our family is to tout how many great new places we will get to see at our new house. Yesterday we decided to act on this perk with a little bit more of a stretch than a quick drive to Baltimore. Baltimore has so much to offer….but we wanted country! So, we hopped in the car and drove to Harper’s Ferry, WV…enticed by beautiful fall foliage, as well as a cider making and food preservation demonstration by historical actors. Plus, my parents drove out and met us there which really helped quench the missing-the-grandparents blues my kids had been suffering from lately.
It’s very hilly, but the views are gorgeous. Micaela commented that the people who lived here must have had very strong legs. Probably! All of the walls and staircases were hand made. I can’t even begin to fathom how difficult the labor was to build this town. It was great to learn that Harper’s Ferry is still a living town with a population of just over 200 people.
The kids really enjoyed the cider making demonstration and got a kick out of the Meriweather Lewis at Harper’s Ferry building as well as the Civil War Museum.
We also went into the train station and learned that the MARC train stops there…funny, we live less than 1 mile from a MARC train station, too. I’m sure that this train station is a bit more mature though 🙂
If you haven’t been to Harper’s Ferry, you should definitely go. It’s a beautifully preserved part of history. There are great cafes to snag a meal, a lot of educational displays and museums to peruse, and just a lovely place to see. You can even walk a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Entry to Harper’s Ferry will run about $10 a vehicle, or $5 per person walking in. You can find more information about all of the national parks at the National Park Service website. Next weekend the National Park Service is having a free holiday weekend for Veteran’s Day. Active duty military can also obtain a free annual pass at most park entrances.