Harpers Ferry is so important in American history that I was glad to visit the place a second time which gave me more insights into what it has to offer. It is magnificently situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland meet. Aside from the infamous John Brown raid, the place has some attractive buildings, excellent exhibitions and many fascinating remains of industrial archeology. The National Parks Service has everything organised to perfection. There is a large well sign-posted car park just up the hill with a frequent shuttle service into the historic part of town. When you’ve arrived, try to take in the river view first to get an idea of the importance of the site. It is worth crossing the railway bridge if you have time to get a different perspective of the place. The station, which is still in use, is worth exploring too and don’t miss the John Brown monument on the way back. To get the full effect of the John Brown raid have a look around his ‘fort’ and then cross the road where there is a superb and very detailed exhibition of John Brown’s history with three informative films and outstanding artefacts. There are also good souvenir shops to suit all pockets and, as it was a boiling hot day, a couple of places where ice creams were most welcome! This site is unmissable to anyone interested in the American Civil War, industrial archeology, railways, rivers and well-presented streetscapes. Don't miss the historic marker about Lewis & Clark or the small exhibition about their boat "Experiment". Very highly recommended!
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