Life is old there…

The top end of West Virginia is about as far north as you can get and still be in the south.  You needn’t drive many miles to get from wooded, mountainous areas inhabited by tough mountain folk to genteel old towns of stone and brick buildings with iron lattice railings and faux wooden shutters. People decorate their houses according to the season (Hallowe’en at the moment) and sit in rockers on their front porches.  I could imagine shotguns and corn-cob pipes, although I confess I didn’t see any.

Stately Southern Home: Shepherdstown, WV

Hallowe'en Witch/Jack-O-Lantern and Hallowe'en/Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Old Buildings ~ Old Streets: Shepherdstown, WV

Old Buildings ~ Circa 1795 ~ Shepherdstown, WV

Old Shop Fronts and Modern Services ~ Shepherdstown

Jus' Sittin' on the Stoop ~ Shepherdstown

Obviously, new services are readily available behind the old facades, but the area maintains its symbols and its rich history.  The land here was a battleground for both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and so is replete with memorials and statues; battlefields and graveyards.

Patriotic Flags ~ Everywhere you Look!

Check your American Bills: the Mason's are Alive and Well

Tribute to Confederate Soldiers and a Building from 1840 : Winchester, VA

As John Denver sang: “Life is old there, older than the trees…”   The song was written at Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet and life still imitates art.  Current American arts and crafts are honoured and old buildings and history are maintained.  History lives in the “Upper Town” where people go about their business in buildings dating back to the late 1700’s. The “Lower Town” is a mix of tourist shops and preserved history: Lewis and Clark bought supplies here in 1803 before setting out on their explorations and hardy trekkers walking the 2,178 mile Appalachian Trail stop in today. Less hardy visitors, like myself, drink cappuccino and shop. Antiques are sold alongside American artisan crafts.  “…Younger than the mountains, growing like the breeze.”

History Found: Old Ford, Harpers Ferry WV

HIstory Re-Constructed: As Things were for Lewis and Clark

Fire Hose Wheel, Harpers Ferry, WV

Rail Bridge over the Potomac, Harpers Ferry, WV

Confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, Harpers Ferry, WV

New Artisans work on Old Crafts ~ Harpers Ferry, WV

Beautiful place: almost heaven!  Take me home…  Country roads.

Happy Travels!

  • Guava - October 16, 2010 - 12:18 am

    Nice shots Ursula.

    Regarding Halloween, maybe you remember my “Witch’s Promise” from last year?………….. I have something special planned for this year too….. SLEEP WELL MY DEAR hawaaaaaahahahahahahaReplyCancel

  • Gabe - October 16, 2010 - 3:13 am

    Love the Americana feel and fall coloursReplyCancel

  • Lanfranch - January 11, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    Nice blog! I’d like to visit this part of the US sometimes… it looks so interesting.ReplyCancel

    • Ursula - January 12, 2011 - 12:35 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Lanfranch. This was an amazing area! 😀ReplyCancel

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