We're going to begin our tour in..
It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are other Washington family homes that are in the vicinity which we may pass. But moving on now, there's the Jefferson County Museum.
Let's go on in and look around. I know we will learn a lot about John Brown.
Whoa..this is the wagon that carried his black walnut coffin to the gallows.
They also have an extensive Civil War Collection for all you Civil War buffs.
Here in 1859, abolishionist John Brown, wounded and lying on a cot during the proceedings, was convicted and condemned to death.
Now I know we've been walking for quite a while, so we'll go somewhere where we can sit. Let's get the Chevy and head for the Charles Town Races, but don't spend all your money in one place.
If horses aren't your thing, then we should head for the Summit Point Raceway.
We'll call it a day here and move on to...
When you hear the name Harpers Ferry, you no doubt think of John Brown.
This sight is certainly worth taking the time to see...
As much as I would like to stay here, we must take our leave and be on our way to....
Put on your walking shoes and lets get going.
Next comes my favorite...the Belle Boyd House.
Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison
This theater, built in 1902, was designed by Reginald Geare, architect for the well-known Knickerbocker Theater in Washington D.C. It's been home to vaudeville shows, concerts and movies. It currently serves as Martinsburg's center for live community theater.
Adam Stephen House.
General Stephen was a distinguished surgeon and soldier in the American Revolution. He also operated a nearby mill, ran a distillery as well as an armory, and was sheriff of Berkeley County to boot.
Right next door is the Triple Brick Museum.
The museum was once divided into three separate dwellings to house B&O Railroad workers. Inside you'll find old glassware, flax and wool-spinning wheels, early surveying equipment, etc.
This three arch bridge was built in 1832, and is the oldest intact bridge in the state.
Now on to the last town in the region.
photo by Ralph BlodgettEstablished by Act of Congress on August 30, 1890, this Civil War site marks the end of General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North in September 1862. The battle claimed more than 23,000 men killed, wounded, and missing in one single day, September 17,1862, and led to Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Antietam National Cemetery is one of the 130 cemeteries of the National Cemetery System. It is a system that began during the Civil War. There are 4,776 Union remains (1,836 are unknown) buried here from the Battles of Antietam, South Mountain, Monocacy, and other action in Maryland. All of the unknowns are marked with small square stones. These stones contain the grave number, and if you look closely on a few stones, a small second number represents how many unknowns are buried in that grave. There are also a few of the larger, traditional stones that mark unknown graves.
In addition, more than 200 non-Civil War dead are also buried here. Veterans and their wives from the Spanish-American War, World War I and II, and Korea were also buried here until the cemetery closed in 1953.