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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADV()CATE NEWS PAGE A5 Wednesda~ June 13. 2018 C FFERSON ietlNl) WI KI.Y) I+y ABOVE: This 1850 portrait shows the rear of the Jefferson County Courthouse. ABOVE RIGHT: When the Spirit opened in Charles Town in 1844, its office was on Washington Street. CHARLES TOWN - Starting this weekend, the county newspaper that dates to before the Civil War will offer something brand-new - free tours of historic Charles Town. ii !i !iii i!i ii!i : iiii 6 : :: " Robert Snyder, the publisher of i! ii the Spirit of Jefferson, said the free Sunday aflemoon tours will not ~r~II " only provide interesting information about some of the incredible histo- ,ry along Washington, George, Lib- ;+ erty and Charles streets downtown, but also offer the newspaper another chance to connect with community members and visitors to the town. "It's also an opportunity for peo- pie to come together," Snyder said. "It's easy to feel disconnected these and a leaner park staff, the tours are out there are no benches to rest on at days. Here's a chance to spend time no longer being offered, any point. Even with a shorter walk, getting to know more about our The Spirit's tours won't cover the tour will get to highlight a hum- community and one another." quite as much ground as the ones of- ber of incredible sites, including the The tours will be similar to the fered by the park service. Some com- Jefferson County Courthouse and "Charles Town & John Brown: The munity members said the distance other spots tied to Brown. Rest of the Story" walking tours that from the Visitors Center out to the Depending on how well-received the city and the Harpers Ferry Na- site of abolitionist John Brown's ex- the tours are, the weekly events tional Historical Park had partnered ecution on South Samuel Street was could grow to include other sites on since 2013. With funding cuts too farfor many to walk and pointed rich in history such as the Webb- Blessing House at 303 E. North St one of the first Jefferson Coun- ty homes owned by a free person of color, and the small Lawrence Street office used by Charles Washington, the founder of Charles Town and George Washington's brother. "It's amazing how much history there is in our small community," Snyder said. "We're excited to be able to help shine a light on some of what's here." For now, the Spirit's managing editor Christine Snyder will lead the tours, which will begin in front of the new mosaic mural at the comer of Washington and Charles streets. John Brown's raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry and then his trial for treason In Charles Town made national news in 1859. RIGHT: Christine Snyder, the managing editor of the Spirit, will lead free " history tours starting this weekend. The downtown tours will begin at 2 p.m. Sundays from the North Charles > ~Street mosaic mural and end at the Spirffs office at 114 N. Charles St. TtI~ L:kT~ TN'VASlON AT ItARPER'8 FERllY ~[F~:)~ oc~ ow/+ A~ Co~r~sro~t)~s'~. David Hunter Strother, the artist known as Porte Crayon, was born in Martins- burg and living in the area when the nation's attention became riveted on Jeffer- son County, GREG STAUB Before or after the pirit History Walk + Talk, fuel up at Charles Town's newest, best, friendliest spot From-scratch favorites include jerk chicken, jambalaya, fried plantains, Cuban sandwiches, chicken or steak fajita wraps and much more plus key lime pie and other great made-in-house desserts OPEN DAILY from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday I Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday + Wednesday I Closed Mondays We're at 132 W. Washington St. downtown - right beside the Isaiah Zagar mosaic mural! Call 681-222-0819 Find us on Facebook $ &