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Aug 29, 2007 - Harpers Ferry, WV

Harpers Ferry, WV is a quaint little town snuggled between the Appalachian Mountains and the Shenandoah River. It thrived before the civil war because of and abundance of iron ore, and free flowing water to power the mills, as a result the manufacture of firearms and munitions became an important part of the town's economy. In 1859 John Brown attacked the armory in an effort to gain arms to "overthrow" slavery. His plan failed, and he was tried and hung in the town. During the civil war, the armory at Harpers Ferry continued to be an...

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Nov 17, 2006 - Harpers Ferry

From Tarentum, we were going to head to Washington, DC. But, as I looked at the map I realized that we hadn't visited West Virginia yet and if we didn't stop now I wasn't sure when we would work it in. So, we detour to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, W. VA. It is located on the confluences of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers right where three states meet (Virginia, W. Virginia, & Maryland). This park is not about one event or one person or one date, but, rather a number of events and people that influenced our nation's history. It...

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Aug 25, 2006 - Off to DC to see Grace!

Well after a calamity filled day at the office, and at the Dental Association meeting (I hate dealing providers on a Friday afternoon), I embraced my hour and 15 minute drive to Logan in Boston to catch the 7:45 pm shuttle to DC! I left the Dental Association at 3:15 but I figured what the hey! I get to the airport early, I hit Starbucks, I relax, and just never know about Boston Traffic. Well 3 HOURS later I finally arrived at Logan. I sat in traffic on I-93, it took me 2 hours to go 9 miles! At which point my what the hey turned into WHAT...

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Aug 23, 2005 - Day 19

Today we left the KOA in Haggestown Md and stopped to vist the National Battlefield at Antietem. What a sobering place. The thought the 23,110 lost their lives in 1 day at this 12 square mile place is hard to imagine. This was more losses in 1 single day than in many of the other "conflicts" in our history. This was also the place where Clara Barton came and gave aid and eventually led to the formation of the American Red Cross. This also led to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

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Apr 12, 2005 - Harpers Ferry

The history of Harpers Ferry is multi-layered involving a diverse number of people and events, decisions and actions that influenced the course of American history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the: • The first successful application of interchangeable parts. Harpers Ferry was the site of the United States Armory and Arsenal. Among the weapons the armory produced were the first United States Military rifle (the Model 1803 flintlock) and the first percussion rifle (the Model 1841) The inventor John H Hall developed interchangeable parts...

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