Jan 19, 2007

The Wonders of Harpers Ferry

From American Heritage: "Jefferson Rock needs a little support in its old age. The geologic formation, precariously balanced on a ledge above Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, received bracing from four sandstone pillars sometime around 1860. The view from it, however, needs no assistance at all. Far below it the Shenandoah River follows a collision course with the Potomac, a meeting that occurs beneath the rocky bluffs of Maryland Heights, Maryland, and Loudoun Heights, West Virginia. Even in the twenty-first century, this is a place of primal, romantic beauty. “This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1783, when he visited." Read on.