|John Brown's Fort in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia|
The downtown area looks and feels straight out of the 1850's with more historical plaques than you can believe. The highlights include John Brown's Fort where he holed up during the raid on the arsenal in 1859, the B&O Railroad bridge which goes through a tunnel, and the Maryland Heights trail which is a 6.5 mile round trip hike to the top of a rocky hill that overlooks Harpers Ferry. If I'd have had more time, and it wasn't cloudy I might have attempted it.
Next was a stop at another Civil War era town Winchester, Virginia. It is known for its Old Town area that includes Stonewall Jackson's headquarters that is today a Civil War museum. The area is also a dining and shopping hub that doesn't allow vehicles, only pedestrian traffic. It was here that I also stopped for lunch and tried something new for me, Bojangles. Think similar to KFC, there are more than 750 in the southeast, it was a good stop, although messy to eat in a car.
|Old Town Winchester, Virginia|
By this time it was 4pm, cloudy, and starting to rain. I decided to try for my last destination anyway, the Appomattox Court House National Park which was where Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War in 1865. It was more than an hour south so I was hustling trying to get there with some semblance of light remaining. The rain came down harder and it looked bleak. Sunset was at 5:02pm and I arrived there about 5 minutes after. I raced to at least get a few photos and videos of the McLean House where the actual surrender occurred. The park closed at 5pm so the rangers were in the midst of shutting it down. I told them I just wanted a photo and they let me go which was nice of them. I managed to grab the photos and video I needed and then was on my way. It was as good as I could have hoped for considering the time and weather.
|The McLean House in Appomattox, Virginia|
Due to the big storm that passed through the Outer Banks, North Carolina access road is likely closed until tomorrow afternoon. This means I have to do some clever rerouting to see all I want to see and still make it home late Thursday. Starting Day 4 heading to historic Jamestown, Virginia!