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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Large Arsenal

 
 
Large Arsenal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
1. Large Arsenal Marker
Inscription. Serious problems plagued the weapons stored in this two-story structure built in 1799.

Floods and high humidity posed constant threats. Sparks from wood-burning locomotives presented a fire hazard. Inadequate storage space caused overcrowding and improper maintenance.

United States troops burned the structure in 1861 during the Civil War to prevent its seizure by Virginia forces, but later reroofed it and used it as a bakery to produce soft bread for Union troops operating in the Shenandoah Valley.
 
Location. 39° 19.368′ N, 77° 43.779′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340) and Potomac Street, on the right when traveling north on Shenandoah Street. Click for map. Located behind John Brown's Fort in Lower Town, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Large Arsenal Foundation (here, next to this marker); Arsenal Square (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown Fort
Arsenal Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
2. Arsenal Markers
(within shouting distance of this marker); "for the deposit of arms" (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Armory (within shouting distance of this marker); High Street in 1886 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Nation's Armory (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a drawing of the burning of the United States Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, 10 p.m., April 18, 1861.
 
Large Arsenal Foundation Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 17, 2011
3. Large Arsenal Foundation Today
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 734 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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