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Harpers Ferry circa 1952

Harpers Ferry circa 1952

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Happily, all the buildings in this photo are in far better shape now compared to when this photo was taken. The building on the left is 723 Shenandoah Street; it once housed the Stagecoach Inn, but is now home to the Harpers Ferry Historical Association. St. Peter's Catholic Church looms overhead. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

Harpers Ferry: April 17, 2016


Greatly Improved

I was there with my family a couple of weeks ago. It has changed a lot since '52, in fact a lot since I first saw it 30 years ago. The building in the center houses public restrooms and to the right is an indoor archaeological exhibit. Also one of the buildings contains machine tools used in the 19th Century for building muskets and rifles. The old gravel parking lot at the RR trestle behind and to the left of the photographer's position is gone, replaced by grass and paths. A small bus depot is there too for tourists to catch the buses that shuttle between town and the visitor center on Bolivar Heights. They've done a good bit of clean-up on Virginius Island and on the Maryland side of the river and you can view the remaining ruins of the mills on the island and the C&O Canal on the other side of the Potomac.

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