National Geographic : 1957 Mar
+ Harper House Stands Above the Reach of Rivers Successful in the ferry business, Robert Harper started his sub stantial stone home (right) during the American Revolution but did not live to see it completed. His heirs built next-door Wager house. Subsequent owners added two other dwellings, completing the row. All four of the buildings, now being restored by the National Park Service, stand empty today. Harper himself lies in a cemetery on the hill. Artist in foreground sits above a spring house carved from living rock. Old-time tenants channeled the spring water into the kitchen of Harper House, the oldest in town. © National Geographic Society 412 + Scenery and History Attract an Artists' Colony From a vantage point not far from this spot Thomas Jefferson looked upon the union of two rivers and declared: "This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic." F a In recent years artists have come to a like conclusion. On summer week ends as many as 200 move in to capture on canvas a reflection of time-worn streets, century-old houses, and vine-shrouded ruins, all set amid forested mountains and tumbling rivers. Art headquarters is a hotel, Hill top House, whose driveway here accommodates an outdoor show. This couple compares a painting with the actual scene beyond. Tunnel at left pierces Maryland soil; Virginia rises at mid-horizon, West Virginia at right. -+Boys fish for bass and catfish between Potomac railroad bridges.