I had a glimpse of American History when we drove to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. Harpers Ferry is a small old town located between the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, where the states of Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia meet.
Harpers Ferry is known as the place where John Brown started his raid, hence the beginning of the American Civil War.
Here are the things you can do in Harpers Ferry:
1. Walk around to see the old houses and shops at the Lower Town
The buildings at the Lower Town are historically preserved and used as shops, restaurants and hotels to cater to visitors.
2. Visit and take photos of the historical landmarks
|St. Peter's Catholic Church|
|John Brown's Armory|
Like the old houses, the historical landmarks are well-preserved and can also be visited. We saw the John Brown Wax Museum, St. Peter's Catholic Church and John Brown's Armory, among others.
|inside John Brown Wax Museum|
3. Grab all the candies you want at True Treats Historic Candy
Get all the candies of your childhood (and even of your great grandparents' childhood) in this amazing candy shop.
Anyone with sweet tooth will truly enjoy going around this shop. We were we able to take home some vintage sweets with us. :)
4. Dine in one of the restaurants in Harpers Ferry
We stopped by Coach House Grill and Bar at Harpers Ferry for late lunch. For starters, we shared a Baked Brie ($8.99 or Php 422.53). This appetizer was beyond words, and fairly cheap for a whole block of cheese.
I ordered a Grown-Up Grilled Cheese ($9.99 or Php 469.53) while the boyfie had the Black N' Bleu Steakhouse Burger ($11.99 or Php 563.53).
|Grown-Up Grilled Cheese|
|Black N' Bleu Steakhouse Burger|
The Grown-Up Grilled Cheese has Gruyere Cheese, roasted red peppers, spinach, tomato and pesto mayo. This too was really impressive that it made me want to add more veggies to my grilled cheese all the time.
5. Cross the bridge to Maryland
The famous bridge at Harpers Ferry, which is the B&O Railroad Potomac River Crossing, connects West Virginia to Maryland.
You can see the trains pass by while crossing this bridge while enjoying the view of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
Harpers Ferry is also one of the places where the Appalachian Trail, where you can do a lot of outdoor activities, like day hiking, among a lot of things.
If you're in the area, I suggest that you take a day trip to Harpers Ferry and take a glimpse of American History.
Note: $1 = Php 47