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13 June 2007 Peg Price

Jefferson Rock

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in WV

Thomas Jefferson stood on this rock on Oct. 25, 1783 and said, "...On your right comes up the Shenandoah, having ranged along the foot of the mountain a hundred miles to seek a vent. On your left approaches the Patowmac (Potomac), in quest of a passage also. In the moment of their junction they rush together against the mountain, rend it asunder, and pass off to the sea...This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic."
Sometime around 1855 the smaller slab of rock shown in the photo was placed on 4 stone pillars due to concerns that all the visitors to the site would knock it loose on residents living below it.


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