A close family member is a Civil War buff. Not a reenactor, just an interested American. We visited Harpers Ferry, WV on a gorgeous, early Spring day. At 60+ degrees, we enjoyed the sunshine and warmth.
The East has such beautiful, old towns. Harpers Ferry is carefully preserved for all to see.
So much history! Harpers Ferry saw the skirmish with abolitionist John Brown that is said to have sparked the onset of the Civil War.
The town, at a strategic meeting of two rivers and the railroad, was important to the war effort of both sides.
Harpers Ferry changed hands, from Union to Confederate and back again, 8 times during the War.
Some in our crew had been to Harpers Ferry before and some were seeing it for the first time. The beauty of the day belied the tragic nature of the bloody war that nearly tore our country apart. Such was the effort required to end slavery and unite the States again.