Harpers Ferry West Virginia


Thomas Jefferson once called Harpers Ferry one of the most stupendous scenes in nature.  Situated at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains the town and countryside around it is indeed one of the most beautiful spots this side of Shambala.
It was originally  a trading post on the wild frontier and in 1798, George Washington located a federal arsenal here. A decision that would have a direct bearing on the Civil War, 60 years later.

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In 1859, John Brown tried to seize the arsenal and set off a slave rebellion in the southern states. Colonel Robert E. Lee sent in federal troops by train and squelched the raid. It was the first time trains were used for a military operation. John Brown was later hanged.


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Near Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers merge.

Situated where Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia as well as where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers merge, it’s strategic location caused it to change hands thirteen times during the Civil War. The union forces eventually destroyed the arsenal which pioneered the use of interchangeable parts in firearms, to keep it from falling into Confederate hands.

Beginning in 1944 most of the town was designated a National Park and many of it’s homes and businesses are now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com


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