Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 27, 1976 · Page 31
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June 27, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 31

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·C --June 27, 1976 Sunday Ga*etle-Mail -Charlnfoa Wwl Virginn Mallards, Their Nests Nearby, Troop Across a Park Service Stable Yard. Unrestored Stone Building is Across Road Leading into Park Evening Falls on Shenandoah Street in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park General Store Across the Street Looks and Smells as It Did in 1860's t ' - . " * Union Jack, Symbol of Neutrality, Hangs in Front of Park Service Visitor's Center During the Civil War the British Flag Protected Nearby St. Peter's Church Rebuilt, Historic Ferry Worth Visiting Continued from Page 1C. Railroad workers settled there. A gunsmith from Maine built a rifle works on Virginius Island, now a part of the park. Nash said that Storer College attracted .New England school teachers and "many married locals." D.D. "Dixie" Kilham, a Baltimore lawyer and a great-grandson of a Harpers Ferry armorer, bought Hilltop House, a rambling Victorian hotel, in 1955. The only hotel in Harpers Ferry proper. Hilltop House caters primarily to bus tours stopping for lunch and conference groups from Washington or Baltimore. Kilham also owns one-third of the wax museum and six of the approximately 16 commercial properties in downtown Harpers Ferry. The city council has ruled that no new commercial establishments can be built. Residential and other buildings not already in commercial use cannot be converted. NASH SAID THAT one-third of the merchants in Harpers Ferry live outside of West Virginia. The owner of an antique shop on High Street said she and her husband are open for business Thursday through Sunday and live in Baltimore for the rest of the week. Part of the problem is that most of the tourists are day-trippers and don't spend much money, according to Kilbam. John Van Tol, director of the Eastern Gateway Travel Council, estimated that the average tourist to West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle spends $14 a day. Kilham said that Van Tol's figure includes money spent at the nearby Charles Town Race Track or Berkeley Springs in Morgan County .The figure spent in Harpers Ferry is less than half that, he said. Nevertheless, Kilham and the owners of the Cliffside Motel, just south of Harpers Ferry on U.S. 340, are planning to add 200 rooms to the approximately 300 now available in the Harpers Ferry area with financing arranged by the State Commerce Department. The new facilities should siphon off some race track enthusiasts and encourage the Harpers Ferry tourists to stay over longer, said Kilham. HarpeV House Kitchen Has Been Restore* to TtfeMltyar Period ;'Living Htetw)£iGuides in Period Costurn^^90k,nere;.. Thomas Jefferson Said This View Was 'Worth a yoyage Across the Atlantic.' Washington,' D.C., Commuter Trains Cross Bridge Seen From Jefferson's Rock

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