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We took a quick trip across state lines for our tourism segment today to chat with Lynn Pechuekonis. Lynn and her husband are the owners of Rockhaven Bed & Breakfast in historic Harper’s Ferry. Lynn is also the Vice Chair of Harper’s Ferry/Bolivar Historic Town Foundation and serves on the Harpers Ferry – Bolivar Tourism Association board.
She told us how she & her husband turned a visit to Harper’s Ferry into their new home and business venture. We talked about the history of Harper’s Ferry/Bolivar and she gave us a rundown on things to do while visiting the area.
The Harper’s Ferry/Bolivar Historic Town Foundation was formed in 1999 to bring together a group of citizens who wanted to preserve and protect the local history of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar beyond the restricted scope of the National Historical Park and the Harpers Ferry Park Association. In March 2017, the Foundation purchased First Zion Baptist Church with the goal of preserving the building and establishing a community cultural arts center.
Lynn explained that most interpretive histories of Harpers Ferry focus on the John Brown Raid, the Federal Armory, and the Civil War. Lesser known, are the important legacies of the African American community, the Niagara Movement and Storer College. They have created the Harper’s Ferry Black Heritage Walking Tour which focuses on the working class and emerging middle-class African Americans who lived in the upper town of Harpers Ferry — and connects them and their significance with the Harpers Ferry of today. Get more details about that by clicking here.
We talked about the outdoor activities available to visitors who want to enjoy the hiking, biking and the river. She also told us about a few local shops, restaurants and breweries to try in the area.
For more information about Harper’s Ferry/Bolivar, visit: https://experienceharpersferry.com/