By Paul A. Shackel
Harpers Ferry used to be certainly one of America's earliest and most vital commercial groups - serving as an exceptional instance of the altering styles of human family members that resulted in dramatic development in paintings existence and in household family nowa days. during this well-illustrated e-book, Paul A. Shackel investigates the old archaeology of Harpers Ferry, revealing the tradition swap and effect of recent know-how on employees and their households. He makes a speciality of the contributions of employees, craftsmen, and different subordinate teams to commercial development, and examines ethnic and interracial improvement in an economic climate that used to be reworked from craft-based to industrial.
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By the 1840s, the ~ o l t' d 0 ~ Ol1,lt~ p '" '" '<: q, . , \ t-l 400 Figure 12. Map showing the major transportation routes that connected Harpers Ferry to major trade routes. (Drawn by John W. Ravenhorst) Spet' p ~ ~ f C':! 00 Harper's Ferry-The Early Years 39 hotels located nearest the junction of the Baltimore & Ohio and Winchester and Potomac Railroads thrived. Those more distant either closed or converted to other mercantile functions (Snell 1973:14-15). The diversification of the economy of Harpers Ferry was stimulated not only the increase of transportation networks, but also by the demise of the Wager family monopoly over their 6 acres in Lower Town Harpers Ferry.
Harpers Ferry became a regular stopping place for passengers to dine and lodge. By the 1840s, the ~ o l t' d 0 ~ Ol1,lt~ p '" '" '<: q, . , \ t-l 400 Figure 12. Map showing the major transportation routes that connected Harpers Ferry to major trade routes. (Drawn by John W. Ravenhorst) Spet' p ~ ~ f C':! 00 Harper's Ferry-The Early Years 39 hotels located nearest the junction of the Baltimore & Ohio and Winchester and Potomac Railroads thrived. Those more distant either closed or converted to other mercantile functions (Snell 1973:14-15).
Since public interpretation is a major thrust of the park's mission, landscapes have been redesigned to highlight domestic and industrial historic cultural resources. The ruins are maintained and protected with shallow-rooted vegetation, and they provide the image of a site in decay. Protecting the sites and maintaining the image of perpetual decay helps to instill the notion of continuity. Wayside signs or placards explain the anomaly in the topography and the site's history (see Joseph et al.