Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 23, 1976 · Page 88
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 88

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 23, 1976
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Historic Jefferson County Still 'Worth a Trip 9 21V -May 23,1976 Sunday (.asrtte-Mail West Virginia's beauty begins at the edge of Jefferson County. At Harpers Ferry. where two rivers force through the Blue Ridge Mountains, Thomas Jefferson claimed the view "worth a trip across the Atlantic." Largely unchanged, that view still awaits your eyes today - rocky crags, tumbling water and treeclad hills. George Washington saw this land as a young surveyor of 16. He and his brothers started acquiring land, building several fine homes. Some of these, such as "Harewood," "Claymont Court," "Blakeley" and "Happy Retreat" still stand amid the changing seasonal panorama. Valley settlements existed as early as 1720. The qldest chartered town in West Virginia is Shepherdstown. incorporated December 23, 1762, and here, in 1787, James Rumsey demonstrated the world's first successful steamboat. ' * In 1859. John Brown's dramatic raid in the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Fern-, followed by his trial and execution at Charles Town, focused the eyes of the world on Jefferson County, the spark struck here bursting into flames of. Civil War within two years. : Today the water gap at the junction of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers still forms a natural gateway to Almost Heaven. West Virginia. Immediately upon entering the state visitors may stroll in the restored town of Harpers Ferry. Now a National Historic Park, the town comes alive in an earlier century with the sights, sounds and smells of an 1859 village. Nearby shops, motels, hotels and camp- THE SKYLINE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL FtATI/WHS: WHY iff [ML SHUT Tom T. Hall The Vassar Clements Bond Doc Merle Watson* John Harlforci Lric Weissbcr^ Del! verance Billy BovdentSoofcidt JuwctwnHlW Ccffm«n*TlK Rank M StrioalW TV Block rWa'nBUvass Boys*Trapticy*Ihe §fcn«n«y tott»rstcpo5 1 *V1 r\ i A i n* i w , ( A . A . -^M *. '. . vu ' . . -. I Limited 3-DoyAdvanceTIckct $/ 3'DcwS At Gate $)(8C One Da\ Free Rough CawpinQ Fret Arts aCrafte Set-ops Food) Drinks'* Contests. W77C/fET.J W/?/TC SWUM BOX 6 grounds invite visitors to linger here where pleasures abound. On the river are exciting raft trips over the rapids; underground are fascinating caverns, while on "terra firma" an abundance of entertainment appeals to a large variety of interests. Boating and fishing in the rivers, hiking and camping in the Blue Ridfe Mountains along the Appalachian Trail. Live theatre at the Old Opera House in Charles Town (now being restored). Exciting Horse Racing nightly at Charles Town; auto racing at Summit Point. Many of today's artists and craftsmen have been drawn to this beautiful area. Like artisans of an earlier day, they work where they live, this combination of involvement resulting in finely handcrafted items in an infinite variety of cottage industries. Leathersmiths, potters, weavers, artists, a pewtersmith and a tinsmith are among the craftsmen located in the area, some in open shops where the visitor may observe products being created. In June and in October, the lovely rolling hills at Harpers Ferry Caverns are transformed by the Mountain Heritage Arts Crafts Festival, when 120 demonstrating craftsmen participate in a folk festival of outstanding merit. For 20 years each April outstanding local homes and gardens have been displayed by the Potomac Garden Council. This poplar event includes antebellum homes in Charles Town. Shepherdstown. Harpers Fern* aad Martinsburg. In early May the West Virginia Country Fling brings a series of events including at least three important happenings in each of the panhandle counties. Anything "country" can and does happen. Throughout the summer there are art shows, kite flying contests. Civil War reenactments and flea markets. When lush green foliage is transformed into a riot of reds, oranges and yellows in fall, flamboyant colors and serene panoramas lure the traveler down country roads and into the mountains. Throughout the year, antiquers can search out treasures in shops, shows, flea markets and country auctions. Every year during December's first long weekend, the streets of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar ring out with joyous sounds of Christmas. The homes,'shops and churches are decked with greenery. Visitors and townsfolk mingle dressed in period clothing for the annual old fashioned Christmas. Jefferson County, long a playground for the surrounding urban communities, in June, 1976, will add outdoor historic drama, featuring the John Brown Story, to be performed in a beautiful new amphi- theatre. For additional information, write Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, 200 E. Washington Street, Charles Town, W. Va. 25414, phone 304-725-5514. ILEAHiCTOaYISOHOFYOUR ECRET WmnOKS,TM! WHY HOTDO SQMETNNGteOUTIT... You'll be the envy of your friends when you taxi down the runway, receive take-off instructions, and then soar off into the blue over the great Kanawha Valley. Flying a sleek new aircraft no longer need be a "Walter Mitty" dream for you. You can take your first flying lesson this week. You'll learn to fry in a fcechcraft, a Sport, Sundowner or Sierra These are roomy, sturdy aircraft that give you confidence right from the start. And they're the type of plane you'll fly for business or pleasure after you've earned your private pilot's license. The cost of getting a private pilot license? Usually no more than going into photography, horseback riding, golf or skiing. Advanced pilot training is also available through EAGLE AVIATION'S BEECH AERO CLUB. Why not begin your flight instruction right away, and you can be ready to fly your friends to the Penn State gome in Morgantown next fall. Blackwater Falls · Evidence shows that as early as 1848 visitors carved their names and dates on some of the rim rocks. Comprising an area of. approximately 1,000 acres, the park contains the majestic Blackwater Falls and Canyon. Here the waters of the Blackwater River fall 60 feet to the boulders below, to continue their turbulent course down Blackwater Canyon. The river winds . down the canyon in a series of rapids and cascades, falling 1,350 feet in 10 miles. A spacious modern lodge with a dining room is located in the park, as are rustic housekeeping cabins. In addition to the footbridge over the Falls of Elakala there are many hiking and backpacking trails. Seasonal activities include sled riding, horseback riding, camping, and swimming. An annual wildflower pilgrimage is held in spring. The surrounding Monongahela National Forest offers unlimited nature walks with the opportunity for seeing native white-tailed deer and wild turkey. YgVBeKhAwtCWb I ^»X Eagle Aviation, Inc. 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