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Jefferson Rock
Description: Jefferson Rock at Harpers Ferry

SEVERAL LARGE MASSES OF HARPERS SHALE, PILED ONE UPON THE OTHER, comprise Jefferson Rock. The name of this landmark derives from Thomas Jefferson, who stood here on October 25, 1783

The uppermost slab of Jefferson Rock originally rested on a natural stone foundation so narrow that one was able to sway the rock back and forth with a gentle push. Because this natural foundation had "dwindled to very unsafe dimensions by the action of the weather, and still more, by the devastations of tourists and curiosity-hunters," four stone pillars were placed under each corner of the uppermost slab sometime between 1855 and 1860.
Keywords: jefferson, rock, harpers, ferry, west, virginia
Date: 29.01.2006 16:05
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