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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jefferson Rock

 

—Meriwether Lewis at Harpers Ferry —

 
Jefferson Rock Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
1. Jefferson Rock Marker
Inscription. Twenty years before Lewis came to town, his mentor, Thomas Jefferson, wrote about the view from this rock. Jefferson's comments on the landscape were published in Notes on the State of Virginia. That book provided a model for Lewis as he recorded his observations of the west. As Lewis gathered supplies here, did he follow in the footsteps of his mentor and take in this view? (Marker Number 8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 39° 19.346′ N, 77° 44.095′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located along the Appalachian Trail overlooking the Lower Town section of Harpers Ferry. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Jefferson Rock (here, next to this marker); Shenandoah Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathan Cook Brackett (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Island Access (about 400
Jefferson Rock Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
2. Jefferson Rock Markers
feet away); Jonathan Child House (about 400 feet away); Virginius Island Trail (about 500 feet away); Harper Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Island Mills (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
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Jefferson Rock Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
3. Jefferson Rock
Note the supports added to stabilize the rock as mentioned in the text.
View of the Confluence Today Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
4. View of the Confluence Today
Blocked somewhat by the trees, the view is not as impressive. Then again, in response to Jefferson's description, John Quincy Adams was also less than impressed.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,592 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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