It is amazing that so much history is tied together at Harpers Ferry. Historical figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee and of course John Brown all have links to this historic spot.
The National Park Service has done a great job of preserving the past. After you park at the visitor center you take a shuttle bus down to the Lower Town. The town has many original buildings and some very interesting museums on John Brown and the Civil War. There are also buildings with exhibits on the Lewis and Clark, 1800's industry, archeology and the geology of the area.
If you walk along the Shenandoah canal by the bus stop in town you can see many old building foundations and ruins. And there are several spots where you can walk down to the river.
I recommend going up the stone steps to see St. Peter chapel. And if you keep going you will pass an old church ruin and Jefferson Rock. The view from Jefferson Rock is nice. The walk, like most of the town, is up a steep hill so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
The walk across the railroad bridge is also nice. From the bridge you get great views of the two rivers and the surrounding mountains. You can also see the remains of old bridges that used to cross the river. When you get to the other side you are in Maryland and can follow the C&O canal along the Potomac River.
Overall, I think this is a place that everyone can enjoy and definitely spend a whole day . I don' t think a place exists that better combines such beautiful scenery and such compelling history.
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