On Saturday Jeff came over, and because of a Facebook conversation we'd had with a friend, we decided to check out the Hilltop Hotel in Harpers Ferry. It's been a few years since I last visited and it was on the verge of tumbling down then, a neglected project of a hotel chain.
I found a Facebook page for Hilltop Hotel supporters, here, and there have been a number of meetings, the last one in December. There's been no entry since, informing us of the decisions made, so I hope it's not bad news. It would be wonderful to see it restored to its former glory.
I also found this page explaining why the developer who purchased the property failed to move forward with his plans. But unfortunately, there's been little news on the empty building since 2011. Let's hope the outcome of the December meeting will be positive.
We strolled around the streets looking at old houses that were boarded up or tumbling down, and which looked to have no chance of restoration.
I didn't bother any longer with the cemetery. We did go back in briefly, but I ended up slipping again, thankfully this time not falling over, but at that point I was done. We drove instead to the lower part of town and walked along the railroad tracks where an exposed rock face was covered with icicles.
We started the drive back towards Marshall, looking on the way for a plane crash site, but we were unable to find it with so much snow on the ground still, so that will be saved for another day.
We finished off with a beer stop in Marshall at Fosters Grill, enjoying the great selection of Virginia craft beers and a discussion with the manager on how to produce the best pizza crust. All in all, quite an eventful day!
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