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Jefferson County, WV
About Jefferson County
Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Jefferson Rock
Shenandoah Canal
Entler Hotel
Rumsey Monument and Tobacco Warehouse
Morgan's Grove Park
Peter Burr House
Charles Town
Jefferson County Courthouse and Museum
Zion Episcopal Church
Happy Retreat
St. George's Chapel Ruins
Cedar Lawn
Claymont Court/Blakeley
Middleway Historic District
Berkeley County, WV
About Berkeley County
B&O Roundhouse & Station Complex
Belle Boyd House
Berkeley County Courthouse
Triple Brick Museum
General Adam Stephen House
Green Hill Cemetery
Van Metre Ford Bridge
Bunker Hill Mill
Morgan Chapel
Morgan Cabin
Gerrardstown Historic District
Hays Gerrard House
Mill's Gap
Sleep Creek Wildlife Management Area
Hedgesville Historic District
Mt. Zion Episcopal Church
Snodgrass Tavern
Morgan County, WV
About Morgan County
Spruce Pine Hollow Park
Berkeley Springs
Dutch Cemetery
Throgmorton's Inn
Bath Historic District
Berkeley Springs State Park
George Washington's Bathtub
Roman Bath House & Museum of the Berkeley Springs
Washington's Lots
Sir John's Run
Panorama Overlook
Great Cacapon
Camp Hill Cemetery
Paw Paw
Paw Paw Tunnel
Coolfont Manor House
Cacapon State Park

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The tiny hamlet of Great Cacapon is located along the Potomac just upstream from its juncture with the Cacapon. The town and its rivers are part of the view from Panorama Overlook. Artifacts of a Native American settlement have been found in the area and, in mid-18th century, settlers in the region were captured by Native Americans.

Washington records stopping at “Great Cacapehon” during his original surveying trip of this area in 1748. He surveyed in the area in 1750 and 51. Washington owned prized Potomac riverfront described by him as “in the shape of a horseshoe; the river running almost around it.” He particularly valued the lush black walnut growth on the 240-acre tract. Today, Washington’s acreage is inaccessible except by river and is in private hands.

Attractions in Great Cacapon include a sportsman access to the wild and scenic Cacapon River on the east side of town near a picturesque railroad bridge over the Cacapon River. The area along the Cacapon River is a prime ecotourism site for Morgan County.

The highway, WV9, twists and winds along and over the Cacapon River for nearly 20 miles west from Great Cacapon to Paw Paw; it is among the most scenic roads in the state especially prized by motorcyclists. Three river access points for fishing and boating are available and marked along this stretch of road.


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