History

The layers of the past that the Freedom’s Run Course uncovers trace from the days of early invention and discovery to the most brutal day in our country’s history. Experience a living museum, preserved for our future generations.

  • We start on a loop of Murphy Farm, a site where 12,000 Union troops surrendered and the temporary home of John Brown’s fort before it was returned to its original site in Lower Town. Today it is one of the most peaceful views of the Shenandoah River.
  • Explore the Federal armory at Virginius Island.
  • Pass John Brown’s Fort and trace part of the route he and his collaborators took when they marched from the Kennedy Farm on the eve of his famous raid.
  • Take in Harpers Ferry – a town preserved.
  • Run upstream on the C&O Canal, George Washington’s vision of expanding commerce to the West.
  • Follow the river route Lewis and Clark tested their river boats.
  • Pass the site where Lee retreated over the Potomac after the bloody day at Antietam.
  • Experience perhaps the most solemn and preserved piece of land in America-Antietam Battlefield. It was here 23,000 Americans either lost their lives or were wounded in the bloodiest day of our history. The land and farms appear today as they did in 1862 thanks to the efforts of passionate preservationists.
  • Run through the Civil War town of Sharpsburg, Maryland.
  • Cross into historic Shepherdstown, where the steam boat was build and tested, and like Sharpsburg showcases its heritage.

PowerPoint Presentation

A presentation by Curt Mason of the Friends of Happy Retreat telling the story of the Washington Family and many of the historic landmarks in Jefferson County.

History and Heritage Links

External Links to Explore the Amazing Story of our Region