Thursday, May 13, 2021
Temperature, Low 59 Degrees; High 65 Degrees
This Is Harpers Ferry
What another beautiful day we were given today. Abundant sunshine, clear blue skies and moderate temperatures. These are the kind of days one really looks forward to. Suffice to say, I made the most of the day.
Let’s go back now to Harpers Ferry. There is so much to see and discover at this Historic Park. More than any one blog, or even two or three can cover. But let me at least give you taste of what is here.
A couple of stores on Shenandoah Street.
Think of this store as your early Walmart. Here you could purchase almost anything that you could need: a toy for your child; a bolt of cloth to make a new dress; a more contemporary top hat; and, any number of spices. You would need to pay cash since credit was not accepted.
Sort of like Show me you vaccination card. Entry in and out of Harpers Ferry during the Civil War was strictly controlled.
So it is, Harpers Ferry is much more than just another town. Here, in this town you discover a natural corridor that helped early pioneers move westward. Here, Robert Harper started a ferry across the Potomac in 1747. The C&O Canal and the B&O Railroad made the town an early hub of transportation. Here, by the early 1800’s the rivers powered commercial mills that helped to fuel the Industrial Revolution. Here, John Brown, though he failed to accomplish what he set out to do, focused attention on slavery and propelled the nation toward Civil War. Here, the Civil War tore the town apart and left it an empty shell of what it once was. Here, Storer College became a symbol of freedom. Yes, Harpers Ferry is so much more than just another town.
More to come tomorrow.
Another day on The Road of Retirement has come to an end. Yes, it was a beautiful day from start to finish. I was able to reorganize and catalogue everything on my underneath sliding tool tray. Ms. Barbara made another delicious midday meal. We enjoyed some Hallmark Movies together. Life is good.
Thanks for taking the time to read our blog. We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.
These are the voyages of Elvira and her two intrepid travelers. Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.
See you on down the road!