There was residual snow on the grounds, so pretty in outlining the historic homes built on a mountainside in multiple levels. Few tourists, so really enjoyed almost a private tour of all the great museums and felt no hurry to shuffle through each historic house full of information, films, and artifacts. Yes, it was cold, but we were prepared and thus were nice and toasty. I think each season has its appeals.
In short, people live here in historic housing on the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers where a lot of history happened. It is a treasure trove for history buffs, and its history is well-outlined, starting with the Native Americans and the first settler who got bought out by Harper, who really started building the town. It's strategic position with the Appalachian trail and rivers made control crucial in the Civil War, so there's a lot of history about that, tied in with John Brown and slavery issues.
Really worth a day trip if you like nature's beauty and history. I don't think I would spend the night if it can be avoided, because I like modern comforts, or B&Bs that are luxurious with good parking. Lots of hills with little immediate parking, though you can park offsite and take a shuttle in, I am told.
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