MONEY recently ranked Harpers Ferry, WV as the second highest value destination in the United States! A visit to the historic streets of Harpers Ferry offers a trip back in time to past centuries of American life. The area’s picturesque mountains and hiking trails along the river are every nature lover’s dream, as they radiate tranquility. Keep in line with the city’s traditions by staying in a historic bed and breakfast in Harpers Ferry, WV during your next visit. Here are some of the most popular attractions that you won’t want to miss out on.
Harpers Ferry Historic District
One of the area’s biggest draws for tourists is the historic district, which is where you’ll go to get most of your shopping done. The 19th century Victorian and Federalist-style buildings were built by the U.S. government for the Harpers Ferry Armory and include the site where the Armory sits, the U.S. Armory Potomac Canal and the Harpers Ferry Train Station. The town has been touched by some of the most prominent historical figures, including Mark Twain, Woodrow Wilson, Stonewall Jackson and Alexander Graham Bell. Resting on the Potomac River and snuggled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, the area was said by Thomas Jefferson to have “the most stupendous scenes in nature.”
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Further history can be found anywhere in the nearly 4,000 acres of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Aside from the numerous hiking trails, the park also offers paddle boarding, white water rafting and fishing during warmer weather. Significant landmarks that you’ll want to check out include the Appalachian Trail, the Bolivar Heights battlefield, the Murphy-Chambers Farm (where Civil War cannons still sit) and so much more.
Historic Trade Workshops
Part of what makes Harpers Ferry such a unique locale is the fact that we go out of our way to immerse tourists in the 19th century. The workshops offered here tend to focus on trades that were popular during that time and will make you feel like you’ve been transported. Many of the classes that are offered revolve around food and include learning to make candy, baking and barbecuing. Also offered are courses that teach more traditional trades, such as a blacksmith workshop where you get to hammer hot iron until it resembles something useful.
The Country Lifestyle
One of the reasons we all go on vacation is to get away from our everyday routines and embrace new experiences. The Harpers Ferry area is ideal for those interested in American history, but also a more peaceful and quieter way of life. Just a short train ride away from Washington, D.C., there’s no reason not to add this one-of-a-kind city to your travel itinerary and head on over after getting a peek at the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. Once you’ve fallen for the town’s charms, you may not want to leave!
Staying at a historic bed and breakfast in Harpers Ferry, WV completes the experience for most tourists and is highly recommended. Lily Garden Bed & Breakfast is centrally located in the Historic District, and offers a bit of history itself. With two private suites available to choose from and an included country-style breakfast, you really can’t go wrong! Get in touch with us today to learn more.
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