The Harper’s Ferry Toy Train Museum and Joy Line Railroad, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia is located at the easternmost part of the state.  It is a place where the Shenandoah River flows into the Potomac River, and it was the first place where the railroad crossed a river in the United States of America.  It is enriched with history as an industrial town and during the American Civil War.  It is often thought of as an historic town, but it is also an outdoor adventure paradise as well with making hiking trails to two overlooks looking down onto the town and river adventures on both the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.  Today, Harper’s Ferry is a suburb of Washington D.C., and the old town is a National Registered Historic District that is operated by the National Park Service.  The old town is normally the most famous part of Harper’s Ferry, but just a short drive away is a little hidden treasure.

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