By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Saying he wants to preserve Harpers Ferry, "where the paths of history converge," U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., Saturday dedicated a $5.5 million renovation of seven buildings in the National Park's Lower Town on Shenandoah Street.
Byrd said he secured the money for the projects in Congress "so history will not be lost."
Work on the buildings, which will make use of their second and third stories for the first time since the town became a national park in 1944, began eight years ago.
Work was interrupted for a year in 1996 when two major floods inundated the Lower Town buildings.
The restoration of the buildings includes adding steel reinforcements, internal drainage systems, movable exhibits and waterproof paint to reduce the damage "when the waters rise again, as they will," Byrd said.