Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation

Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, and to promote historical, scientific, educational, interpretive and economic activities of the Town of Harpers Ferry for the inspiration and benefit of the people of the United States as provided for in the Act of August 25, 1916 (16 USC Sec. 1 et seq) as amended and supplemented, including the Act of August 21, 1961 (75 Stat 586).

Its activities may include, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. No part of the net earnings or income or funds of the Foundation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other

Its activities may include, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. No part of the net earnings or income or funds of the Foundation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other

Operating as usual

Thanks Kathleen Ernst, Author for your shout out to our Black Heritage Walking Tour. (See her blog post here...)
10/26/2021
Writer-In-Residence, Week 3

Thanks Kathleen Ernst, Author for your shout out to our Black Heritage Walking Tour. (See her blog post here...)

I can’t develop any historical novel without digging into the type of library and archival work I discussed last week. Other research approaches, however, are equally essential. If you’…

Catch our first annual Zion Fall Festival!
10/11/2021

Catch our first annual Zion Fall Festival!

Catch our first annual Zion Fall Festival!

John H. Naylor - Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation
10/04/2021
John H. Naylor - Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation

John H. Naylor - Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation

By Bonnie Zampino, Foundation Board Member In historic Harpers Ferry, there stands an iconic yellow-brick building. Its origins go back to the 1830’s when it was built to house important ...

Shade garden planting in progress over at First Zion Baptist Church.  Come on over if you'd like to help!
10/02/2021

Shade garden planting in progress over at First Zion Baptist Church. Come on over if you'd like to help!

Shade garden planting in progress over at First Zion Baptist Church. Come on over if you'd like to help!

We have been helping to preserve some of these sites...
10/01/2021
Hidden In Plain Sight, A Free Documentary Premiere about Harper's Ferry Hidden Cemeteries @ 6:00 - Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library

We have been helping to preserve some of these sites...

This is a free event, Friday, October 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm. Call the library for more information 304-535-2301. Cynthia Gayton is the creator, researcher, director and producer of this award winning documentary about the forgotten cemeteries of our towns. Please come out and take advantage of this free...

This old stone grill at the Gazebo Park was recently refurbished by the Town of Harpers Ferry. Doesn't it look great?
09/15/2021

This old stone grill at the Gazebo Park was recently refurbished by the Town of Harpers Ferry. Doesn't it look great?

This old stone grill at the Gazebo Park was recently refurbished by the Town of Harpers Ferry. Doesn't it look great?

Two of several great speakers who shared stories of Black Heritage in Harpers Ferry.
09/12/2021

Two of several great speakers who shared stories of Black Heritage in Harpers Ferry.

A sellout crowd is gathered to begin our inaugural Harpers Ferry Black Heritage Guided Walking Tour!
09/11/2021

A sellout crowd is gathered to begin our inaugural Harpers Ferry Black Heritage Guided Walking Tour!

A sellout crowd is gathered to begin our inaugural Harpers Ferry Black Heritage Guided Walking Tour!

This house was built for Prof. William Saunders and his wife Inez, both of whom were Storer College alumni and lifelong ...
09/04/2021

This house was built for Prof. William Saunders and his wife Inez, both of whom were Storer College alumni and lifelong educators. Learn more about them and their neighbors at the Harpers Ferry Black Heritage Guided Walking tour at 10 am on September 11. Purchase advance tickets at https://historicharpersferry.org/event/guidedheritagetour/

This house was built for Prof. William Saunders and his wife Inez, both of whom were Storer College alumni and lifelong educators. Learn more about them and their neighbors at the Harpers Ferry Black Heritage Guided Walking tour at 10 am on September 11. Purchase advance tickets at https://historicharpersferry.org/event/guidedheritagetour/

WhooHoo! Look at that snazzy new tin roof on the Zion First Baptist Church building. Brought to you by the Historic Town...
08/18/2021

WhooHoo! Look at that snazzy new tin roof on the Zion First Baptist Church building. Brought to you by the Historic Town Foundation, with funding from a West Virginia Division of Culture and History Historic Revitalization grant, the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, the estate of Sidney Schmidt, and everyone who participated in our various fundraisers. Thank you! Keep that support coming. There's lots more to do to renovate this church.

WhooHoo! Look at that snazzy new tin roof on the Zion First Baptist Church building. Brought to you by the Historic Town Foundation, with funding from a West Virginia Division of Culture and History Historic Revitalization grant, the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, the estate of Sidney Schmidt, and everyone who participated in our various fundraisers. Thank you! Keep that support coming. There's lots more to do to renovate this church.

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Harpers Ferry Black Heritage Walking Tour, Saturday, September 11, 10 amTickets...
08/08/2021

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Harpers Ferry Black Heritage Walking Tour, Saturday, September 11, 10 am

Tickets: $15/adult

More information to come. Watch for the Event to be added this week, where ticket purchase instructions will be included!

Proceeds from ticket sales will support the restoration of the historic First Zion Baptist Church.

Tour will be limited to 40 adults. Reservation/advance ticket purchase required.

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Harpers Ferry Black Heritage Walking Tour, Saturday, September 11, 10 am

Tickets: $15/adult

More information to come. Watch for the Event to be added this week, where ticket purchase instructions will be included!

Proceeds from ticket sales will support the restoration of the historic First Zion Baptist Church.

Tour will be limited to 40 adults. Reservation/advance ticket purchase required.

Installation of the plywood sheathing and synthetic underlayment is in progress on the right side of the roof at First Z...
08/06/2021

Installation of the plywood sheathing and synthetic underlayment is in progress on the right side of the roof at First Zion Church this week. Great progress, right?

Installation of the plywood sheathing and synthetic underlayment is in progress on the right side of the roof at First Zion Church this week. Great progress, right?

Work on replacing the roof of the old First Zion Baptist Church has finally begun.  We are thrilled to be moving ahead o...
07/22/2021

Work on replacing the roof of the old First Zion Baptist Church has finally begun. We are thrilled to be moving ahead on this restoration and really appreciate everyone who has donated toward this project. We couldn't do it without you!

Work on replacing the roof of the old First Zion Baptist Church has finally begun. We are thrilled to be moving ahead on this restoration and really appreciate everyone who has donated toward this project. We couldn't do it without you!

You can learn more about Harpers Ferry's Black Heritage with our new walking tour guide. Paper copies for $1 are on sale...
06/27/2021

You can learn more about Harpers Ferry's Black Heritage with our new walking tour guide. Paper copies for $1 are on sale at the Harpers Ferry Park Association bookstore and the Visit Jefferson County WV Welcome Center. Better yet, get it online here: https://historicharpersferry.org/projects-initiatives/harpers-ferry-black-heritage-walking-tour/

You can learn more about Harpers Ferry's Black Heritage with our new walking tour guide. Paper copies for $1 are on sale at the Harpers Ferry Park Association bookstore and the Visit Jefferson County WV Welcome Center. Better yet, get it online here: https://historicharpersferry.org/projects-initiatives/harpers-ferry-black-heritage-walking-tour/

Great stuff for sale over here on West Ridge St in Harpers Ferry.  We're here until 1 pm today!
05/22/2021

Great stuff for sale over here on West Ridge St in Harpers Ferry. We're here until 1 pm today!

Great stuff for sale over here on West Ridge St in Harpers Ferry. We're here until 1 pm today!

Thanks, Rob, for removing the damaged chimney from First Zion Church so we can begin roof repairs!
05/15/2021

Thanks, Rob, for removing the damaged chimney from First Zion Church so we can begin roof repairs!

Congratulations to Alexis Grant and Ben Collins, recipients of our 2021 Excellence in Historic Preservation award!!Each ...
05/04/2021
Bolivar Colonial | ih.properties

Congratulations to Alexis Grant and Ben Collins, recipients of our 2021 Excellence in Historic Preservation award!!

Each year the Foundation recognizes an outstanding preservation project in Harpers Ferry or Bolivar for its contribution to maintaining and enhancing the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of our community.
Visit the Foundation website to view past recipients.

A beautiful Colonial style house built c. 1900. It is currently undergoing extensive restoration.

A big thanks to all who came out to support the Volksmarch last Sunday!  We had a great turnout.  Here's the Bolivar wal...
04/21/2021

A big thanks to all who came out to support the Volksmarch last Sunday! We had a great turnout. Here's the Bolivar walk folks taking a quick break.

A big thanks to all who came out to support the Volksmarch last Sunday! We had a great turnout. Here's the Bolivar walk folks taking a quick break.

Ms. Cook's home is one of many included on our new Harpers Ferry Black History Walking Tour. Find the link on our websit...
04/01/2021
Coralie Franklin Cook - Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation

Ms. Cook's home is one of many included on our new Harpers Ferry Black History Walking Tour. Find the link on our website.

“Disfranchisement because of sex is curiously like disfranchisement because of color. It cripples the individual, it handicaps progress, it sets a limitation upon mental and spiritual development.” — Coralie Franklin ...

This year, October 31st will be different.  But you can still TREAT yourself, your friends and your family to an event t...
10/26/2020
Preserving History: Tombstone Preservation Workshop

This year, October 31st will be different. But you can still TREAT yourself, your friends and your family to an event that will teach you a new TRICK. Join us for a one-of-a-kind workshop and learn how to restore and preserve historic tombstones. Lunch is included. Get your tickets NOW! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preserving-history-tombstone-preservation-workshop-tickets-124020278993

For all the saints, and soldiers, farmers and enslaved who lie beneath the soil in Harpers Ferry...

10/22/2019

My deepest apologies to all that showed up at the Tree Planting only to find it was cancelled. The volunteers from the Cacapon Institute who are planning to assist us in perfect tree planting saw severe rain on the radar for our area and we thought we should postpone. The new date and time is this Saturday Oct. 26 at 1 pm. Please bring your shovels. I'll bring cookies. Again, I'm sorry for the inconvenience. You are welcome to call me at 304-582-2443 before coming to make sure we are on. I really appreciate the help. My back is still feeling the effects of loading 30 bags of sopping wet mulch!

10/20/2019

The tree planting has been postponed until next Saturday at 1 pm. Enjoy the rainy day.

The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Town Foundation will be planting 24 trees at the Historic Zion Baptist Church Renovation Proje...
10/15/2019

The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Town Foundation will be planting 24 trees at the Historic Zion Baptist Church Renovation Project this Sunday at 10 am. The holes have already been dug but we need help putting the trees in the holes and filling the holes back up. These are big trees and will really beneficial to our town and the wildlife. If any of you can help we'd really appreciate your time. We don't think it will take more than an hour. The trees are the result of a grant from the Cacapon Institute and the Foundation is not having to pay a dime for all the supplies.

09/14/2019

For anyone who did not receive instructions the address is 136 cedar lane HF

Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation members clean out Historic First Zion Baptist Church. Buy your home tour ...
11/10/2018

Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation members clean out Historic First Zion Baptist Church. Buy your home tour tickets to help in this worthy effort to preserve African American history.

11/07/2018

Cleanup Work session at First Zion Baptist Church, 1030 W. Ridge St. Harpers Ferry, WV. It starts Nov. 10 at 10 am. Volunteers needed. Bring cordless drill and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Give us 2 hours of your time.

09/14/2018

September 13, 2018
The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation’s mission is to preserve historic resources and promote our community. We envision Harpers Ferry and Bolivar as one vibrant community with an engaged citizenry, 19th century character, and 21st century service, preserving each town’s rich heritage and robust economy. Our core values include valuing the historic and natural resources of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar and recognizing that these resources need to be protected and preserved. The scenic beauty of our region along with the outdoor recreation opportunities it offers is key to ensuring this area remains vibrant and successful for our residents and visitors alike.

The proposed Rockwool facility, located in nearby Ranson, WV has raised many serious concerns among members of the Foundation’s Board. The 21-story smokestacks will be emitting 470 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds and 239 tons of nitrogen oxides per year. In addition, the 460,000+ square foot facility, with twenty-four/seven operations, will create increased noise, light pollution and traffic, including staging for 100+ tractor trailers per day. In addition to health and environmental concerns, there is also the possibility of contamination to our primary water source, the Elks Run Watershed.
The Foundation understands that our area’s continued popularity and attraction for visitors is dependent on our preserving our historic and environmental resources. We also join our neighbors in demanding a safe and healthy community. A factory of this size and with the potential for significant negative impact to our air, water and viewsheds, is of great concern.

Because of this, the Foundation supports the immediate stop to all work currently underway at the Rockwool site. It is imperative that further evaluation as to the impacts from the factory be undertaken. In addition, the Foundation is unlikely to support any economic development plans for our county in the future that include heavy industrial manufacturing similar in scope and size to the Rockwool facility.

04/18/2018

The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation is looking for board members. Send a message if you are dedicated to preserving our history for the future.

10/24/2017

Leaves are changing. Temperatures are wonderful. It's a great time to visit Harpers Ferry!

Address

887 Washington St
Harpers Ferry, WV
25425

General information

The Officers for 2015 are: Hardwick Smith Johnson, Jr., EdD - President/Chairman, Richard Cunningham - Vice President/Vice-Chairman, Ed Wheeless - Secretary, and Sue Schmidt - Treasurer. For membership information please contact the President of the Foundation at the email listed below.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 1pm
Tuesday 9am - 1pm
Thursday 9am - 1pm

Telephone

(304) 535-1923

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Join us for this historic walk.
I think we are going to go here for our vacation this Summer. :)
Hello! Is it true that you are hosting a meet-the-Bolivar-candidates forum at Rations this month? If so, where did I get details? I met a new candidate today and he was not aware of the opportunity. Thanks
The C&O Canal Trust is hosting an event in late February for Black History Month! If you're interested, the link to register is here. Hope to see you there!
Harpers Ferry residents are definitely friendly to hikers! We might be short on some basic amenities for hikers, but the businesses we do have are also welcoming to hikers. Many even go above and beyond as A.T. Community Supporters!
December 7-8, 2017 Grant Management Class Hosted by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Thought I would share. Took this last year while waiting for MARC.
Here's a hilarious and touching post by a flip flopper and former ATC employee Anne "Shivers" Baker who started her thru-hike with her dad in Harpers Ferry in early May. She wasn't one of the flip floppers who left the weekend of the festival - she was there as a volunteer! If you attended the pancake breakfast at Camp Hill Methodist Church, she was one of the helpers.
pic taken while biking through Memorial Day Weekend 2017
Honestly my wife and I like every candidate running this year for Council & Mayor. The vote we will cast is for the folks that truly want The Hill Top House built. Why would we support anyone that has spent the last (seems like a decade) to block it, shrink it or delay it ?