Gibble Chip Factory and Harper’s Ferry

One of the MMAPers that is a full time RVer had this great trailer that we converted to a working space due to the rain.

I made it into my “office”! But I also shared!

and Paul adjusted the umbrella to cover the saw in his “office” on the porch!

We are praying the rain will stop here….. and move to Texas!!

During a MMAP job, the ladies usually plan a ladies day out. We visited the town of Chambersburg and checked out the Chamber of Commerce, which also had a museum telling the history of the town. It has the distinction of being the only town north of the Mason-Dixon Line (Probably learned in school that it is the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland, but had forgotten!) to have been burned during the War of Northern Aggression! It was burned after a ransom was not paid, in revenge for burnings in the Shenandoah Valley. The fountain in the “town square” has a statue that is facing south, to guard the city from the Confederates.

There is a 8-foot tall, 250 pound wooden statue of Benjamin Franklin that was carved from pine in 1865 that turns in the window.

It was previously on top of the County Courthouse until 1991. There is another statue of Benjamin Franklin there now, but do not know the story of why the change.

This historic house is the house that John Brown stayed in just prior to going to Harper’s Ferry.

We have Fridays off, so we started off the day with a tour of the Gibble chip factory located about a mile away.

They are sold on the east coast, so we had never heard of them before. There is also a Gibbles restaurant, where we ate on Sunday, family style, and candy store, which we have been avoiding!!
It was really interesting! An auger pushes potatoes down a chute into a cutter. They then move into the heated lard. Yes, lard! Most natural, when you consider the processing oils go through, and it has 0 trans. fats, which other chips do not!

After about 5 minutes cooking, they are moved out and salted (you can see the white salt as the chips are coming out of the cookers)

and onto a conveyer belt

moving it into the packaging area

Then we headed south to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Lewis and Clark stopped here and stocked up on supplies before their trek west. Harper’s Ferry is located on a peninsula of land with the Potomac River (on the left) and Shenandoah River (on the right) converging together

On the way we passed over the Potomac River, which was really choppy. You can see the bridge in the background of the previous picture where I took the following picture.

We started with lunch at the Town’s Inn,

then walked down to the Harper’s Ferry National Park at the end of the road.

The park is made up of several historic buildings.

Harper’s Ferry is where John Brown, the abolitionist, was captured. He was convicted of murder, treason, and inciting slaves to rebellion. This is where he was holed up and captured,

and this is the holding cell they put him in!

We hiked up to Jefferson’s rock,

passing the beautiful St. Peter’s church

On the way back, going through Greencastle, which is about 3 miles south of the camp, we had to be diverted because of flooded, closed roads. But we still found ourselves going through a flooded road,

and a swollen creek at the camp!

They had received an inch and a half in the afternoon!

But thankfully the rain stopped, water receded, and Saturday was fantastic weather!!

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