Rich History & Scenic Beauty Lie On Every Corner of This Trail

Journey across the Washington Heritage Trail, a trail that George Washington himself blazed throughout his incredible life. The trail begins at the beautiful Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, a place that played a part in John Brown’s raid, the Civil War and more. At Harpers Ferry, look for the Jefferson Rock, which is comprised of several large masses of sedimentary rock known as Harpers shale. Today, you can view the same scenic view as Thomas Jefferson did when he stood at this spot on Oct. 25, 1783.

Next, head to Charles Town, a town was founded in 1786 by George Washington’s brother, Charles. Charles named the towns streets after family members and today, you can still find the Greek Revival Jefferson County Courthouse with its four-faced clock tower. Explore Harewood, the home of Samuel Washington, the younger brother of George Washington. The beautiful home was completed in 1770 and constructed of native gray limestone. It is believed that the home was designed by colonial architect John Ariss.

Make your way to historic Shepherdstown, where you’ll find the Entler Hotel, Rumsey Monument and Tobacco Warehouse, Morgan’s Grove Park and the Peter Burr House. Where the Entler Hotel stands now was once a drill area for troops preparing to join George Washington on the battlefield near Boston.

From there continue your journey to Berkeley County, an area George Washington visited often. In Berkeley County, visit charming Martinsburg. Martinsburg was founded by general Adam Stephen, an associate of George Washington. In Martinsburg, historic locations are at every corner including the B&O Roundhouse and Station Complex, Belle Boyd House, Van Metre Ford Bridge and more.

End your historic venture in scenic Morgan County, home to Berkeley Springs, a town that was sought after by health enthusiasts like George Washington. In fact, at Berkeley Spring State Park, stop by George Washington’s Bathtub, where visitors can see a major spring bubbling up through the tub. Berkeley Springs State Park is known for its warm spring water, which flows at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees.

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This post was last updated on August 3, 2020