As part of our goal to visit all 50 states, we took a road trip this summer from New York to Florida. To make it more exciting we decided to drive a different route than usual. Our first stop on this journey was Harpers Ferry, WV
What is Harpers Ferry
It is a national park connecting West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. As with most national parks, the scenery is simply breathtaking. In addition to all the hiking, wildlife, and botany you expect, Harpers Ferry also has a quaint, little town, restaurants, and a hotel built inside.
Straight from the website, Harpers Ferry “is more than one event, one date, or one individual…Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown’s attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.”
What is there to do
One of the best parts of this trip was visiting the little town within the park. It’s basically a walkable museum and a stroll through history. My girls and I learned so much on this trip. Everything from John Brown’s raid, plus information on college for African Americans, to the type of weapons used back then, and even what type of supplies stocked their pharmacies.
There were live action moments and lots of interactive things for my girls to read, listen to, and watch on their own. We went in the middle of summer, so it was blazing hot. But there were plenty of indoor areas for us to cool down in the AC.
Other Interesting Features
There’s a hotel inside the little town called The Town’s Inn. We didn’t stay there, but it looked like a nice place and according to the website it’s newly renovated. There are a few restaurants inside the town as well. We didn’t eat at any of them. Honestly, they seemed a little overpriced and we were sticking to a tight budget for our 3-week road trip. We packed ice water, snacks, sandwiches, and had a nice picnic within the town.
Harpers Ferry: Things to Know
Once you arrive inside the park, you pay a $10 fee like most national parks require. You park your car and then you’re free to walk around. If you want to go to the town you can catch a shuttle bus that will also give you a short tour. For this one $10 price, you get so much beauty and history, it’s definitely worth it.