Prof. Noyalas is chief historian for the battlefield park and gave us a tour of the house. Research indicates that the household's slaves originally lived in a cabin and may have later lived in the lower level of the house.
What's a historical tour without a visit to a cemetery? We went to two of them Saturday. Above is the Orrick Cemetery, where Rev. Orrick was buried. Among others buried here is Heyward Shepherd, first casualty of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. Unfortunately, the marker to Shepherd's grave disappeared years ago. However, he is commemorated on historical markers at Harper's Ferry. (Click here for the story about the controversy surrounding a monument to Mr. Shepherd, a free Black railroad worker.)
We also visited the National Cemetery in Winchester, where are buried three members of the U.S. Colored Troops who were among 200,000 Black men who served in the Civil War.