JEFFERSON ROCK is an overlook on the Appalachian Trail above Harpers Ferry where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac. Thomas Jefferson stood here in 1783 and was so impressed by the view of the river convergence and the water gap carved through the Blue Ridge mountains that he wrote "this scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic."
Harpers Ferry was established in 1751 as a ferry crossing of the two major rivers so travelers could access and settle the virgin lands to the west. Other settlers were attracted to the area as it became a major transportation point with flourishing businesses. Its strategic location was so important that an armory was built for defense, and in 1859 the armory was attacked by abolitionist John Brown inciting a slave revolt that precipitated the Civil War and the eventual emancipation of slaves in America. Quite a bit of history for this remote piece of land on the border between the Northern and Southern States!
Actually, the Appalachian Trail Conservency is headquartered here on the Maryland-Virginia border at the midpoint of the entire Trail, so I plan to join the mountainous route for a few hundred miles on my virtual journey south before heading west through Tennessee. It's finally time to begin the return trip to the west coast.
Miles 3270, Week 39, Weather 68F🌥