There are always ample opportunities in the Shenandoah Valley for great motorcycle touring, but special events and anniversaries make it a fun way to ride some historic back roads of the area. In 2009 West Virginia kicked off the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War by a celebration of the anniversary of abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Yes, that’s right — the guy they say helped to launch the Civil War got the honor of kicking off our country’s observance of all things Civil War related in the upcoming few years.
Sesquicentennial merely means a 150th anniversary or its celebration, so don’t be bedazzled by the word. Since 2009 the region has added new displays and exhibits to note the milestone. Look for logos of John Brown and little roadside plaques as well as ties to the Civil War that are observed on the ground and via special events. The Raid was indeed an event in American History that shaped our culture and our identity to this very day.
With the area spruced up and observing the 150th Anniversary, motorcyclists have all the more reason to take advantage of the unique touring and travel opportunities that abound within the region in and around Harpers Ferry, W.V. Read More...
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