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Chart of Harper's Ferry Floods

Harper's Ferry

Potomac River

Shenandoah River

general sheridan's 6th Corp encampment

general sheridan's 6th Corp encampment

general sheridan's 6th Corp encampment

St Peter's Catholic Church

St Peter's Catholic Church

St Peter's Catholic Church

St Peter's Catholic Church

St Peter's Catholic Church

Lockhouse 29

Lockhouse 28

Catoctin Aqueduct

Catoctin Aqueduct

Catoctin Aqueduct


July 21

We took the National Historic Park bus to Lower Town early so we could be back before the rain. First stop was St. Peter’s Catholic Church near the top of Hill Street, an earlier church was destroyed in a flood. The views of Harper’s Ferry, the rivers and bridges were well worth the climb up uneven stone stairs.

Walking across the footbridge we saw an amazing driftwood art display the river had created and many padlocks on the bridge known as “love locks”. Not only did we cross over into Maryland but we also walked part of the Appalachian Trail “AT”. Back in town we went through several exhibits and viewed a few films which were very informative.

After getting an ice cream to keep up our strength we headed for the re enactment of Sheridan’s encampment preparing for the Shenandoah campaign. They had a Farmer’s Market for the Soldiers just as they did and small white tents for the men to sleep in.

We explored the bookstore where Sid found some good books and we all learned about the large sign next to the train tunnel that we tried to figure out yesterday. It was an ad for Mennen Talcum Powder which was made with milk and whitewash many years ago. A group of locals tried to paint over it years ago but in 4 years it was showing again so now they consider it part of history.

As it started to rain we ran for the bus. It rained hard all afternoon and night so we all just relax, rested, read and organized our “homes”.

July 22

Got up early and drove about 10 miles into Maryland to start the C & O Towpath in Brunswick but there was a washout on the Towpath so we had to drive a little further to get on the trail at the Lander Trailhead. First we went about a mile to see the Catoctin Creek Aqueduct and then headed South past Point of Rocks. The trail was very muddy after all the rain but still very enjoyable. When we got back to the car we all had mud splatters on our bikes and clothes.

The rain was to start about 2 pm so we grilled hamburgers for a big lunch instead of supper. We cleaned up our bikes, rugs and grill early but as usual the rain held off until 7 pm.



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