October 15, 2015

Murphy Farm, Harpers Ferry

The trail to Murphy Farm passes through the woods and emerges at a split-rail fence. A lane takes you across the farm, now owned by the National Park Service.  You can read historical markers to learn the history of the farm, which became a battlefield in September of 1862. Later in the Civil War it was occupied by forces under General Sheridan.

In 1895, John Brown's Fort was moved to this property temporarily after being brought back from the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

"The Civil War affected not only the soldiers who fought but the families whose homes and towns became battlefields. Edmund H. Chambers bought this farm in 1848 and lived here with his family until the Civil War. Although Chambers was a loyal Unionist, the Union confiscated his farm in 1862, forcing the family from their home. The U.S. Army arranged for an appraisal of the farm in the event of damage. At the war’s end Chambers found the property destroyed and filed a claim demanding restitution. In 1888, 23 years after the end of the war, he was still trying to settle his claim. There is no evidence that he was ever paid. He died in 1890." 

I was glad to find a sign with maps because the trail was not well marked on the farm. It was basically a mown path through the grass. I wanted to find the vista because a woman had mentioned it when she described the trail to me. She was a volunteer at the Visitor Center here and I met her at a tour of Fishers Hill two year ago. At that time I made a mental note to explore this trail, but it took a while to get around to it. 

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  1. Fabulous shots and location!

  2. Wow....both Bud and I are 'into' anything civil war. This would be a great area to visit. It'd take me a long time...I'd have to stop and read all the historical markers.

    Lovely tour...terrific images.

  3. the shot of the farmhouse is beautiful! and that's a great split rail!

  4. I like the split rail fences, a nice visit to the battlefield and home. Have a happy weekend!

  5. Great pictures, Linda. The split-rail fence is really cool. It's hard to imagine what it must have been like to have your home and property taken over to become a battle field.

  6. I was not aware of this farm when we visited Harpers Ferry several years ago. Now we need to go back so we can see where you got your beautiful photos.

  7. Some very good images, lovely views, thank you for sharing.
    I never realised all the different types of fences there are around ...

    All the best Jan

  8. Very sad, but such beautiful views!

  9. Wonderful fence and I like signs that tell me where I am. Often I don't have a clue!


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