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Harpers Ferry: American History in Brilliant Color

All-Day Tour

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Code: 1ND004

Harper’s Ferry

Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains and seated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, the historic town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is steeped in history—and spectacular fall foliage. Take in the beauty—and the local history—during an excursion led by historian Garrett Peck.

Learn about John Brown’s ill-fated 1859 raid on the town’s armory that presaged the Civil War; the history of the C&O Canal; and the changing economics of local industry.

Then, hike up to Maryland Heights (a 3-mile trip) to see the leaves at the peak of the season and enjoy a panoramic view of the town below. Lunch at a local restaurant in historic Lower Town is included.

The daylong outing is definitely for the more adventurous hiker. After the bus drops you off at the Harpers Ferry Visitor Center in the morning, you won’t see it again until the end of the day. Be sure to bring your hiking boots and your camera for a wonderful fall day.

Fringe stop at about 8 a.m.

Dress for outdoor hiking. Tour includes 4 hours of walking and standing.

Departs from Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St SW
Fringe: I-270, Exit 6B at Best Western
Rockville (1251 W. Montgomery Ave)