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Election Reenactment Schedule of Events


Confluence of Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers

We drove to Harper’s Ferry which is known for its many train tracks and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. The whole town is a national park. We arrived around 11:30 am at the Park Visitor center. From there, we took the free shuttle to town. Dropped by the town’s visitor center until the 12 pm ranger talk. John, our ranger in costume, was very animated and was in character all the way. He made the history of Harper’s Ferry in 1859 come alive. He talked about how John Brown seize the armory and give the weapons to the Blacks to create their own rebellion; the Presidential election of 1864 between Lincoln and McClellan; how the town turned over 14 times between the Union and Confederates; and shadows of how the town used to be. Today, Harper’s Ferry isn’t much of town with only 280 residents and one main street. The only reason to go there is to see the confluence of the two rivers and relive the civil war period thru reenactments.

We had hamburgers for lunch at the Coachhouse Grill N Bar. They were surprisingly good. There was another Ranger talk on firearm demonstration at 2 pm. We got to the firing station just in time to see two soldiers exhibiting and firing their rifles.

At 3 pm, it was time to take the shuttle back to the Visitor’s Center where Michelle was parked. We spent some time chatting with the Ranger there and he told us more about the history of Harper’s Ferry and the train system. Got back to camp around 4:30 pm and called it a pleasant day. A surprisingly enjoyable side trip that we did not expect. The weather all day was gray with temps in the high 50s and low 60s. The sun tried to break thru around 5:30 p.m. but the clouds were just too thick.

Had a light dinner around 6 pm. Al had a scone and we shared an apple. Al played the guitar for a while while I update the log. We watched some TV and then to bed at 9:30 pm. We were both tired from several sleepless nights due to the loud sound of rain on the roof.

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