On July 4 I finally achieved a long held dream of visiting Harpers Ferry WV, with Jeff who is an excellent navigator and fellow appreciator of backcountry roads and historic places. We passed through Burkittsville, MD, stopping at the general store for a time warp to the 1850s to hear the gory story of the Civil War in this pastoral region of farms and crossroads towns. We drove through charming Shepherdstown, right through the middle of their small-town parade.
Harpers Ferry is the confluence of rivers and state lines: Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, as well as nineteenth-century history - including Meriwether Lewis' staging ground for the great expedition, John Brown's raid, a short-lived Confederate victory, and a seed of African-American movement for justice and education. Then finally to Antietam, scene of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, for a quiet walk through the peaceful battlefield followed by the bang of the 1812 Overture and fireworks!