The Past is Never Far Away

By Mark

This last weekend in a brief interruption between snow storms we drove up to Harpers Ferry West Virginia.  

In 1859, John Brown attacked the Federal Army in the mistaken belief that he could raise a slave rebellion.  A US Army Colonel named Robert E. Lee oversaw a company of US Marines who captured Brown.  His hanging was one of the large stones which started the avalanche leading to the Civil War.   The town, poised at the intersection of the Potomac and the Shenandoah rivers was an industrial powerhouse, forging iron into tools and weapons for the new nation. The canals and the railroads shipped goods in all directions. 

Potomac River rolling towards DC

Potomac River rolling towards DC

During the war, the town changed hands 8 times.  It seems that everywhere you look; with just a little imagination you can still feel the presence of those days.  

After the war, it was largely in ruins and a century of floods and neglect left the foundations mainly unchanged.  It is a very well preserved look at what a thriving 1850’s manufacturing metropolis looked like.  The General store reflects the array of goods available.  

Canned peas, what will they think of next?  The latest fashions are displayed in the window for passersby to admire.  

This was Sarah’s first visit, but I might have been here a few times before.   

June 1968

June 1968

Sarah said it must be beautiful in the fall and we should come back.   I can attest that it is beautiful, and I will always look for the chance to talk another walk through history.  

St. John's Episcopal Church

St. John's Episcopal Church