Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Welcome to the official page for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. This page is maintained by National Park Service employees at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. For more information visit http://www.nps.gov/hafe

Park Mailing Address: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park P.O. Box 65 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Reason #24 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to see the Mennen's Borated Talcum Toilet Powder sign!One of the most common que...
06/07/2019

Reason #24 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to see the Mennen's Borated Talcum Toilet Powder sign!

One of the most common questions our rangers get asked is in regards to the faded sign on Maryland Heights. This was an ad for toilet powder, and it is an example of an advertisement from the early 1900s aimed towards people traveling on the B&O Railroad.

Visit the park to see the sign in person and learn more about outdoor advertising history!

#HarpersFerry75

(NPS Photos/Volunteer E. Doll; A. Cook; post by intern E. Doll) -ahc

Reason #25 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to browse merchandise at the Bookshop!Run by our partners at the Harpers Ferry...
06/06/2019

Reason #25 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to browse merchandise at the Bookshop!

Run by our partners at the Harpers Ferry Park Association, the Bookshop is the only shop in town where all proceeds benefit the park’s educational and interpretive programs.

Look through historical literature, browse the selection of postcards, stamp your National Park Passport book, or check out the park anniversary merchandise!

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(NPS and HFPA photos; post by intern E. Doll) -ahc

Reason #26 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to discover ruins and learn about archeology!For over 60 years, archeologists ...
06/05/2019

Reason #26 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to discover ruins and learn about archeology!

For over 60 years, archeologists have studied Harpers Ferry to learn more about the people who once lived and worked here. From excavations of locations like the armory grounds to analysis of building ruins found throughout the park, archeology has revealed much of the history of Harpers Ferry.

Interested in archeology? Attend one of our archeology or artifact talks or check out the Reading an Old Building exhibit in Lower Town.

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(NPS Photos/Volunteer E. Doll; R. Brzostowski; post by intern E. Doll) -ahc

Reason #27 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to explore the canals!On this day in 1788, George Washington visited to inspec...
06/04/2019

Reason #27 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to explore the canals!

On this day in 1788, George Washington visited to inspect construction of a canal along the Potomac River.

In operation from 1850 to 1924, the C&O Canal was a transportation system that passed by Harpers Ferry. Today what is left of the canal is cared for by our neighbors at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

On your next visit to Harpers Ferry, check out the canal and towpath by crossing the pedestrian bridge over the Potomac River.

#HarpersFerry75 #HarpersFerryOTD

(Image information: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Historic Photo Collection, Catalog #s HF-81, HF-675; NPS Photo/Volunteer E. Hartlaub) -ahc

Reason #28 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to delve into museum exhibits and learn what life was like during the 19th cen...
06/03/2019

Reason #28 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to delve into museum exhibits and learn what life was like during the 19th century!

Lower Town is home to 20 museums and exhibits to explore, including the Industry Museum and the Provost Marshal exhibit.

Want to learn more about the park’s museums?
Join us on June 3 and 10 at 2pm for Sneak Peek: Collections from the Museum Archives. At this program, meet the park’s curator during this rare opportunity to view objects from the museum collection that are not typically on display.

#HarpersFerry75

(Post and photos by intern E. Doll) -ahc

Reason #29 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to hike the trails!With over 20 miles of trails in the park, you can enjoy hik...
06/02/2019

Reason #29 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to hike the trails!

With over 20 miles of trails in the park, you can enjoy hikes by the river, on Civil War battlefields, or on the mountains that overlook the town.

Do you have an awesome trail adventure at Harpers Ferry? Share in the comments or tag us in your photos!

#HarpersFerry75 #NationalTrailsDay

(NPS Photos/Volunteer E. Doll; post by intern T. Thomas) -ahc

Reason #30 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn about the Storer College graduates!In the early years of the school, ...
06/01/2019

Reason #30 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn about the Storer College graduates!

In the early years of the school, the last week in May was dedicated to anniversary and graduation activities. From the earliest students who were there to learn reading and writing to those who attended to become teachers at freedmen’s schools to those who graduated with four year degrees, every student at Storer was celebrated.

Learn more on the park website, the Storer College exhibit in the park, or by exploring the former campus on Camp Hill.

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(Image information: “Class of 1907, Storer College, Harpers Ferry, W. Va.” hosted by the West Virginia & Regional History Center) -ahc

Reason #31 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn of Frederick Douglass’ connection to Harpers Ferry!On May 30, 1881,...
05/31/2019

Reason #31 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn of Frederick Douglass’ connection to Harpers Ferry!

On May 30, 1881, Frederick Douglass delivered an address on the topic of John Brown. Douglass was the keynote speaker that day at a ceremony on the Storer College campus at which the cornerstone of Anthony Hall was laid.

On your next visit to Harpers Ferry, check out the exterior of Anthony Hall to see the 1881 etched in the building’s cornerstone.

#HarpersFerry75 #HarpersFerryOTD

(Image information: “[Frederick Douglass]/C. F. Conly Photographer, 465 Washington St., Boston,” from Library of Congress; “Buildings on the Storer Campus of Storer College, Harpers Ferry, W. Va.” NPS image hosted by the West Virginia & Regional History Center) -ahc

Reason #32 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to discover the presidential history connected to this place!On this day in 1963...
05/30/2019

Reason #32 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to discover the presidential history connected to this place!

On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed an act changing Harpers Ferry from national monument to national historical park.

There are many other presidents with ties to Harpers Ferry. We challenge you to name them in the comments and explain the connection!

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(NPS Photo) -ahc

Reason #34 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn about the soldiers who fought here and those who died here.Between 18...
05/28/2019

Reason #34 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn about the soldiers who fought here and those who died here.

Between 1859 and 1865, tens of thousands of soldiers passed through Harpers Ferry. There were local militia and US Marines during John Brown’s Raid and Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. They were all a part of history of this place.

Learn more about these soldiers at the park’s John Brown Museum, the 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry Museum, or ask the park staff.

#HarpersFerry75 #MemorialDay

(NPS Photos and Library of Congress images) -ahc

Reason #35 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to admire the architecture of the preserved buildings!As you walk through the ...
05/26/2019

Reason #35 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to admire the architecture of the preserved buildings!

As you walk through the Lower Town and Camp Hill areas of the park, you’ll notice that no two buildings are exactly the same. The architecture of each building is unique and photo worthy!

What is your favorite structure in the park?

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(NPS Photos) -ahc

Reason #36 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to attend wonderful talks by guest speakers! This year we’re hosting a month...
05/26/2019

Reason #36 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to attend wonderful talks by guest speakers!

This year we’re hosting a monthly speaker series as part of the park’s 75th anniversary. February through May’s speakers were awesome, and we look forward to the speakers who will be here in the months of July through November!

We hope you’ll join us each month to learn about Harpers Ferry and honor its history!

#HarpersFerry75 #SpeakerSeries

(HFPA and NPS photos) -ahc

Reason #37 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to do the photo scavenger hunt!Fun for kids and adults alike, the Harpers Ferr...
05/25/2019

Reason #37 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to do the photo scavenger hunt!

Fun for kids and adults alike, the Harpers Ferry photo and history scavenger hunt is a hands-on way to learn more about the park while capturing photos to take home after your visit. This activity takes visitors through some of the top sites in Lower Town Harpers Ferry!

Check it out at https://www.nps.gov/hafe/learn/kidsyouth/photohistoryhunt.htm

#HarpersFerry75 #NationalScavengerHuntDay

(NPS Photos and post by intern E. Doll) -ahc

Reason #38 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to discover the ruins and wildlife of Virginius Island!Once an industrial area...
05/24/2019

Reason #38 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to discover the ruins and wildlife of Virginius Island!

Once an industrial area, where factories and mills used the waterpower from the Shenandoah River, Virginius Island is now a place that many birds and reptiles call home. Visit this area of the park to learn about its past while also enjoying its natural environment of the present!

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(NPS Photos) -ahc

Reason #39 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to learn about and observe the plants and wildlife!Today is the International Da...
05/22/2019

Reason #39 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to learn about and observe the plants and wildlife!

Today is the International Day for Biodiversity, and we want to acknowledge the biological diversity found in the park. Want to learn more? Check out the Wetlands exhibit in Lower Town and hike the trails to examine plants up close and possibly spy some animals in the wild!

What animals or plants in the park do you want to know more about? Let us know and we’ll work to highlight them on social media and the park website in the future!

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(NPS Photos; post by intern E. Doll) -ahc

Reason #40 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to experience the overlooks!Harpers Ferry is known for its history but it is a...
05/22/2019

Reason #40 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to experience the overlooks!

Harpers Ferry is known for its history but it is also a place to find the beauty of the outdoors. Pick any area of the park or a trail and there is likely an overlook or scenic vista in that location.

What place do you most want to see in the park?

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(NPS Photos) -ahc

Reason #41 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to walk in the footsteps of Meriwether Lewis!Lewis was in Harpers Ferry in 180...
05/21/2019

Reason #41 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to walk in the footsteps of Meriwether Lewis!

Lewis was in Harpers Ferry in 1803 to oversee the construction of a collapsible iron frame boat and procure other supplies for the journey across the continent.

Learn more by visiting the park museum dedicated to this history!

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(Image information: NPS Photo; Library of Congress - “[Meriwether Lewis, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]”; post by intern E. Doll) -ahc

How innovative was John Hall? Well, his inventions brought about the American system of manufacturing!Join us this Satur...
05/21/2019

How innovative was John Hall? Well, his inventions brought about the American system of manufacturing!

Join us this Saturday, May 25, at 2pm for Dr. Merritt Roe Smith’s talk about the innovation and technology of John Hall’s breechloading firearms.

(Image from the US Patent Office’s website, for patent X1,516 issued May 21, 1811.) -ahc

Reason #42 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to experience all four seasons! Harpers Ferry is a beautiful place to visit an...
05/19/2019

Reason #42 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to experience all four seasons!

Harpers Ferry is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. Join us for the flowers blossoming in the spring, the afternoon thunderstorms of the summer, the bright tree foliage in the fall, or the white blankets of snow in the winter!

#HarpersFerry75 #FindYourPark

(NPS Photos/Hammer, Cook, Biggs) -ahc

Reason #43 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to explore museums and exhibits!Ranging in topics from John Brown and the Civi...
05/19/2019

Reason #43 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to explore museums and exhibits!

Ranging in topics from John Brown and the Civil War to wetlands and 1860s shops, the park’s museums in Lower Town have a lot of information to offer. Stop in to any of these buildings between 9am and 5pm each day. There is always something to learn!

#HarpersFerry75 #InternationalMuseumDay

(NPS Photos/Hammer; post by intern K. Baldau) -ahc

Please note that the southern loop of the Schoolhouse Ridge South trail is closed until further notice due to sinkholes....
05/18/2019

Please note that the southern loop of the Schoolhouse Ridge South trail is closed until further notice due to sinkholes.

Don’t be like a rebel box turtle and enter the area. It is closed for your safety!

Questions? Feel free to contact us at [email protected]

(NPS Photos/M. Boyce) -ahc

Reason #44 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to see peregrine falcons!The fastest animals in world like to call Harpers Fer...
05/18/2019

Reason #44 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to see peregrine falcons!

The fastest animals in world like to call Harpers Ferry home! For most spring and summer seasons of the past four years, peregrines have chosen Maryland Heights as their hangout. About the size of a crow and very fast in flight, you need a keen eye and often binoculars to get a good look at these birds of prey.

Learn more at go.nps.gov/HFfalcons

#HarpersFerry75 #FalconFriday

(NPS Photos/Volunteers J. Kelly and R. Meinster) -ahc

Did you know that during his time John Hall's weaponry was revolutionary and inventive, especially his use of interchang...
05/17/2019

Did you know that during his time John Hall's weaponry was revolutionary and inventive, especially his use of interchangeable parts?

Learn more about John Hall by joining us on May 25 at 2pm for Dr. Merritt Roe Smith's talk.

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(Image information: U.S. Flintlock breech loading rifle model 1819; breech lock marked "J.H. HALL" "H. FERRY," "US", "1837" in four lines in front of the off-set pan machined into the block; Catalog No. HAFE 402) -ahc

Reason #45 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn about weapons manufacturing. The site of a United States Armory and a...
05/16/2019

Reason #45 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn about weapons manufacturing.

The site of a United States Armory and a rifle factory, Harpers Ferry was a place of production for muskets and rifles in the early and mid-1800s. Innovation at John Hall's Rifle Works is of particular significance.

You can also learn more about Hall during Dr. Merritt Roe Smith's talk on May 25!

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(Image information: Sketch of the U.S. Rifle Factory by Col. James G. Benton, Chief of Ordnance, on April 27, 1855. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Historic Photo Collection, Catalog #HF-794) -ahc

Reason #46 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to learn about the important work of law enforcement rangers!Did you know these ...
05/16/2019

Reason #46 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to learn about the important work of law enforcement rangers!

Did you know these highly trained rangers protect the park’s natural and cultural resources? They also ensure people have safe and enjoyable visits to the park! Ask about LE and other NPS careers on your next visit.

#HarpersFerry75 #NationalPoliceWeek

(HFPA Photo) -ahc

Reason #47 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to learn about flood history.Given that the town is located at the confluence of...
05/15/2019

Reason #47 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP - to learn about flood history.

Given that the town is located at the confluence of two rivers, Harpers Ferry is not a stranger to flood waters. This natural occurrence has halted industries, destroyed homes and businesses, and yet the people of Harpers Ferry clean up and adjust each time.

Today on the anniversary of the 1924 flood, we recognize the power of the Shenandoah and the Potomac rivers and share with you images from that flood and its cleanup.

#HarpersFerry75 #HarpersFerryOTD

(Image information: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Historic Photo Collection, Catalog #s HF-305, HF-1005, HF-1312, HF-1309) -ahc

Reason #48 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to hike at Murphy-Chambers Farm!A non-strenuous hike, the Murphy-Chambers Farm...
05/14/2019

Reason #48 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to hike at Murphy-Chambers Farm!

A non-strenuous hike, the Murphy-Chambers Farm trail offers sweeping views of the Shenandoah River and has multiple historical stops along the way including information on the Civil War, civil rights, and John Brown’s Fort.

#HarpersFerry75 #HikeHarpersFerry

(NPS Photos; post by intern E. Doll) -ahc

Reason #49 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn about women’s history!From Sarah Gilbert to Lydia Marmion and Corne...
05/12/2019

Reason #49 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn about women’s history!

From Sarah Gilbert to Lydia Marmion and Cornelia Stipes to Anna Roeder, mothers played a role in Harpers Ferry’s history. Learn more about these women and others by checking out our exhibits and asking rangers!

#HarpersFerry75 #MothersDay #WomensHistory

(Image information: Anna Roeder, oil painted over print, unknown date; Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Museum Collection, catalog # 9891) -ahc

Reason #50 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to see trains!A daily sight in Harpers Ferry, trains pass along both the histo...
05/12/2019

Reason #50 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to see trains!

A daily sight in Harpers Ferry, trains pass along both the historic Winchester & Potomac and Baltimore & Ohio railroad lines. During a visit learn about the railroads’ past while also watching the trains roll by!

#HarpersFerry75 #NationalTrainDay

(Image information: NPS Photos/M. Hammer;
Harpers Ferry NHP Historic Photograph Collection
Catalog # HF-635, Image date 1858) -ahc

75 years ago this park was born just after D-Day, 1944. This weekend explore the local people's patriotism through Victo...
05/11/2019

75 years ago this park was born just after D-Day, 1944. This weekend explore the local people's patriotism through Victory Gardening, a way to eat local and healthy without consuming war time energy supplies. (Nps photos mday) ~md

Reason #51 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn more about civil rights history!From the founding of Storer College a...
05/10/2019

Reason #51 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP — to learn more about civil rights history!

From the founding of Storer College as West Virginia's first institution of higher learning for African Americans to being the first U.S. meeting location for the Niagara Movement, Harpers Ferry has a role in the civil rights story of our country.

Check out our Storer College and Niagara Movement exhibits in Lower Town on your next visit to learn more about this history!

#HarpersFerry75 #CivilRightsStories

(Image information: "Buildings on the Campus of Storer College, Harpers Ferry, W. Va." and "Niagara Movement Leaders at Storer College, Harpers Ferry, W. Va."; hosted online by the West Virginia & Regional History Center; post by intern E. Doll) -ahc

Reason #52 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP -- to learn all about John Brown!On this day in 1800, John Brown was born. His sto...
05/09/2019

Reason #52 to visit Harpers Ferry NHP -- to learn all about John Brown!

On this day in 1800, John Brown was born.

His story is integral to Harpers Ferry's history and the country's movement toward Civil War. At the park, explore the John Brown Museum to learn about his upbringing and his fighting cause, and visit the streets on which his raid took place.

#HarpersFerry75 #JohnBrownBirthday #HarpersFerryOTD

And if you just can't wait to learn more, check out the John Brown portion of the park's website: https://www.nps.gov/hafe/learn/historyculture/john-brown.htm

(Library of Congress images: "John Brown from a daguerreotype loaned me by Annie Brown" and "John Brown"; post by intern K. Baldau) -ahc

Address

171 Shoreline Dr
Harpers Ferry, WV
25425

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Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(304) 535-6029

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