No Prohibition advertisement, Fells Point, Baltimore Harbor

No Prohibition Ad, Fells Point, Baltimore Harbor 265

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

Fells Point is one of Baltimore’s most historic areas. Here, a “Vote Against Prohibition” advertisement has lasted long past the demise of Prohibition. Perhaps not coincidentally the Fells Point area is known for bars and nightly rowdiness.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the perfect example of how history and travel intersect in wonderful ways. Formerly the Inner Harbor was mainly for shipping, but over the past several decades Baltimore has turned this into a convention and tourism hot spot for the entire coast.

One of the most appealing features in Baltimore are the Water Taxis which take you from place to place all day for $9, offering a cheap tour. Be sure to ask the pilots about the buildings and harbor history – most are very well informed.

Harpers Ferry – West Virginia to Maryland Bridge

Harpers Ferry – West Virginia to Maryland Bridge

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

Harpers Ferry WV was the scene of several significant historical events. John Brown’s slave rebellion is the most notable but this was also a key supply point for the Lewis and Clark expedition and “Thomas Jefferson Rock” was a vantage point from which Jefferson had written about the area. The city lies at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and is a popular tubing spot as well as home to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.

During your visit the steep uphill walk to Jefferson Rock and Harpers Ferry Cemetery is well worth the trip.

Also notable is one of the US’s most historic pieces of commercial graffiti on the rocks above the tracks – an advertisement for (I think) baking powder – over 100 years old..