Date(s) - June 8, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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We’ve all done the Maryland and Loudoun Heights hikes; this one is a bit different as we take a hike with both scenic views, and some historical sites you might’ve missed.
We’ll meet in the Lower Town, at the foot of the Appalachian Trail staircase, then climb up to view the St John’s church ruins, on our way to Jefferson’s Rock.
After taking in the views there, we’ll make our way to the Lockwood house, built in 1848, and during the Civil War, was used as a headquarters, hospital, prison, among other uses. After the war, it became a primary school for the children of freed slaves; and became the seed for the creation of Storer college, our next stop, chartered in 1868, a Teachers College which taught predominantly African Americans, but was open to all races and genders.
If there’s interest, we may stop at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters and Visitors center where you can pick up maps, etc.
From there, we’ll descend to Virginius Island, and view some of the remains of Harpers Ferry industrial legacy, where we visit the ruins of a pulp mill, cotton mill, and cotton/flour mill. From there we’ll return to the Lower Town – time permitting, we may visit an abandoned hydroelectric plant, originally built in 1888, on the Potomac riverside.
Afterwards, you’re welcome to join us at the Highacre house for some brief refreshments, and of course, there remains plenty of other sights and activities in and around the town.
Parking in town is very limited, and you may wish to park at the visitor’s center and take the shuttle.
The hike can be moderate – only 3 miles or so, but with 400′ of elevation gain, and some uneven ground. But our pace will be quite slow, as we take frequent pauses to examine the various points of interest along the way.