Since you figured out where I was. . .
Posted June 2, 2013on:
For those of you who guessed Luray Caverns, congrats! You figured out where I was! if you have no idea what I’m talking about, go check out my photos from last week.
Hubby is a History Guy, so our next stops included Winchester VA, Harper’s Ferry, and Antietam. We drove up and down lots of mountains. Even you’re not into history, if you live anywhere near Shenandoah Valley, you should visit. It really is the most beautiful place on Earth.
Why don’t you enjoy these photos while I go finish piles and piles of laundry?
Winchester, VA. Geographically important during the Civil War, the town changed hands more than 70 times. The Courthouse served as a hospital and prison during the Civil War, and much of the graffiti has been preserved. It’s now a very small museum. Winchester has got to be the nicest town in America. Every time we pulled out our tourist map, some local walked up to us and asked if we needed directions anywhere, if we needed help with anything. Everyone was so friendly and polite!
Next stop was Harper’s Ferry. It’s built into a mountain side, and the entire village is hills, hills, and more hills. I suggest leaving your car at the Visitor Center and taking the shuttle in, as there is very little parking in the town itself. We spent so much time at the Armory Historical area, that by the time we decided to shop a bit, most of the stores were closing. We also went during the week, which meant half the shops weren’t open. There are staircases and steep alleyways everywhere. I can’t imagine trying to get up those uneven steps in bad weather. Another very friendly town, someplace I’d love to spend more time in.
Last stop was Antietam. Whatever you do, don’t use Google Maps to find this place, it directed us to someone’s driveway in nearby Sharpsburg. Also, there are NO signs in Sharpsburg. Not quite as friendly or welcoming as Winchester. But, the government has purchased all the property around the Battlefield, and they have rebuilt the original buildings as much as possible. For a very small fee, you can do a driving tour (what we did), or a guided tour. The best thing about it all being government property is that you can coast down the road at 10 mph, and no local is tailgating you because they need to get to work. The area is much hillier than I expected. Visiting Antietam was a humbling experience.
I have a ton more pictures, but this isn’t a photo blog, you know? If you want more, let me know in the comments, and I’ll e-mail you the shutterfly link.