Jefferson Rock

Harpers Ferry

A slab of rock marks the spot where the woods open up to a fine river vista. Known as Jefferson Rock, the formation is named for President Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson stopped here in 1783 and had this to say about the view: 'The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature.' It is pretty darn sweet.

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1. John Brown Wax Museum

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2. African American History Museum

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3. Storer College & Niagara Movement

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4. Master Armorer’s House

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5. John Brown Museum

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6. The Point

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7. Storer College Campus

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8. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

1.32 MILES

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