Celebration of heritage

June 02, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

National Geographic Society photographer Kenneth L. Garrett said the experience of traveling through the Quad-State area trying to capture its rich heritage through his camera lens gave him a lot of respect for the nation's historical legacy.

Garrett's photographs are part of "Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Birthplace of the American Ideal," a photo book that highlights a 175-mile stretch from Gettysburg, Pa., site of one of the most significant battles of the Civil War, to Monticello, the Charlottesville, Va., home of President Thomas Jefferson.

Garrett spent time on and off during three years photographing scenes that symbolize the region's historical value and celebrations of its heritage.

In May 2008, Congress designated that region a National Heritage Area. It is considered by some historians to be the most historic corridor in our nation, said John K. Jones, director of communications for the Virginia-based Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.


The nonprofit partnership's main goal is to help visitors understand the value of the history in the area, Jones said. The partnership's particular emphasis in on developing heritage tourism possibilities.

The group has worked to get the states to name U.S. 15, aka Old Carolina Road, a scenic byway. The partnership has also applied to the federal government for the highway to be named an All-American Road. In addition to elevating recognition of the corridor's historic and recreational attractions, the national designation would open up federal funding opportunities to beautify the road, Jones said.

To learn more about the nonprofit group and the National Geographic Society photo book, go to


Chesapeake and Ohio Canal: A graceful aqueduct carrying the canal spans the Monocacy River in Northern Maryland. When Confederates attempted to blow up the bridge, the canal's lockkeeper persuaded them to destroy the earthworks only.

During a French and Indian War re-enactment at Fort Frederick near Big Pool, a British soldier carefully holds his flintlock musket. Its lock plate is engraved with the year it was produced - 1762.

A once active iron-producing complex, Catoctin Furnace, at Cunningham Falls State Park near Thurmont, Md., is a testament to the regions' earliest industrial revolution. Here, Thomas Johnson produced iron for munitions for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

Rose Hill Manor in Frederick, Md., was the final home of Thomas Johnson, the first proprietor of Catoctin Furnace and the first governor of Maryland. Today, in addition to housing a children's museum, the manor incorporates a blacksmith forge, above, a park and a garden open to the public.

Jefferson's Rock: Overlooking the confluence at the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., with St. Peter's Church below, this rock inspired Thomas Jefferson, for whom it was named, to extol the beauty of Virginia.

The 1797-built Cashtown Inn, just west of Gettysburg, Pa., off U.S. 30, owes its name to its first owner's policy of cash only for goods as well as the tolls he collected from travelers. Cashtown sits on the northern end of the 175-mile Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.

Union re-enactors, accompanied by fifes and drums, as well as camp followers and dignitaries, march down U.S. 15, Gettysburg's main street, as the entire town turns out for the Remembrance Day Parade.

An aerial view of Fort Frederick west of Hagerstown shows its proximity to the Potomac River. The fort was critical to the success of the English during the French and Indian War and later served as a Revolutionary War prison camp.

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