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Hiking Through History
Hiking Through History is a guide to explore the Underground Railroad and Civil War sites along the Appalachian Trail. The guide examines the significance the Appalachian Trail to freedom seekers along mountainous Underground Railroad routes and some stops that now coincide as rest stops for weary A.T. hikers. It also includes John Brown’s effort to end slavery in his 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. Spanning Pennsylvania to North Carolina, the guide details specific battles and skirmishes of the Civil War that intersect the Trail, paths of attack and lines of retreat that crisscross the Trail, and hikes that give you a bird’s eye perspective of the armies’ lines of movement. This guide offers a way to connect with the stories, history, and ghosts of this Great War. Pass trees that stood witness to the movements of troops, to clashes, and deaths. Step over the creeks and streams that nourished the fatigued traveler. Take a quest for the history of the 19th Century in these ancient mountains of the Appalachian Trail. Hiking Through History includes 25 day hikes to explore the vignettes of our National history found along this simple footpath. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will publish the book in 2011-2012.…
Leanna Joyner has ten years of experience working for non-profit organizations, including the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, WNCW 88.7FM, and Leadership Greater Washington. Her expertise includes marketing and communications, program development, event organization, and volunteer coordination. She has written a guide to Civil War sites along the Appalachian Trail that is set for publication in 2011 by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. In addition to her professional achievements, she has volunteered in positions related to education and the outdoors – as an English tutor, a Girl Scout leader, and a maintainer for the Carolina Mountain Club. Leanna hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2003 and nearly half of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010. The rewards she enjoys while in nature on our National Scenic Trails are those she hopes others will benefit from through her continued work with conservation-based organizations.
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