On October 11th, 2018, James Rumsey Technical Institute all day students took an exciting trip to the small town of Historical Harper’s Ferry. Harper’s Ferry is most known for the raid of John Brown. He was a passionate abolitionist against slavery. He believed in violently overthrowing the slavery system. On October 16th, 1859, he attempted to seize the U.S. Arsenal. His plan didn’t go quite as well as he expected, and he ended up being sentenced to death.

Harper’s Ferry is a beautiful area where Maryland and West Virginia converge. It is right along the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. Everywhere you look, there is a magnificent view. Whether it be the mountains, river, or historical structures, your eyes will leave you wonderstruck.

On the field trip, the James Rumsey students were allowed to roam the town and explore the wonders. Many people hiked Maryland heights and visited the landmarks. Some very interesting places included the John Brown Wax museum, the Jefferson Rock, True Treats Historic Candy, and so much more.

Throughout the day, it ended up raining. Even though the trails were slippery, the mountain area was beautiful. After you walk across the train bridge, you reach a path. Along that path is the running rivers, old, broken down houses, and canal paths. As you go further up the mountain, the steeper the hill becomes. If you reach the top of Maryland Heights, you can view the overview where you can see the entire town.

Overall, the students had a great time and would love to go back again! From the ice cream to the wax museum, Harper’s Ferry is a wonderful place to go on a field trip and very much recommended to visit!


Story and photos by Amanda