We visited Harpers Ferry, WA, in April 2009. Rick Garland of "O be Joyfull" had been recommended to us as a tour guide by Florence Tarbox at Battlefield Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg. All four of us are civil war re-enactors from the UK and were interested in the civil war history of Harpers Ferry. Rick's 1 & 1/4 hour walking tour started with a warming cup of chicory coffee, like the confederate soldiers would have had, this authentic touch set the tone for the tour. We noticed that Rick wore his historical knowledge like a second skin, and was as at home in his confederate soldiers uniform as he was in his subject. It was admirable how he was able to weave together a coherent picture of the history of Harper's Ferry from the many strands and events that make Harpers Ferry significant to American history and culture -on more levels than just the American Civil War. We experienced Rick as a person who lives and breathes his knowledge which really enhances the tour experience and we loved it! We only had one day in Harpers Ferry and would recommend a tour with Rick to get the best out of a short visit. Harpers Ferry has a stunning setting and is build into rock so take good walking shoes. There are so many sights to see you will need a good camera. It rained during our visit, but being from the UK, that was not a problem, but a water proof coat would be advised. Great tour, very interesting and enjoyable, very reasonable priced, would book it again at the drop of a hat!
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