Introducing Harpers Ferry
History lives on in this attractive town, set with steep cobblestoned streets, framed by the Shenandoah Mountains and the confluence of the rushing Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The lower town functions as an open-air museum, with more than a dozen buildings that you can wander through to get a taste of 19th-century life in the small town. Exhibits narrate the town's role at the forefront of westward expansion, American industry and, most famously, the slavery debate. In 1859 old John Brown tried to spark a slave uprising here and was hanged for his efforts; the incident rubbed friction between North and South into the fires of Civil War.
Pick up a pass to visit the historic buildings at the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Visitor Center off Hwy 340. You can also park and take a free shuttle from here. Parking is extremely limited in Harpers Ferry proper.