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

Armory Workers

 
 
Armory Workers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
1. Armory Workers Marker
Inscription. Expanding armory operations in the opening decades of the 19th century resulted in overcrowded and unhealthy living conditions for workers. Families shared inadequate, unventilated housing, while single men slept in the workshops.

To alleviate the housing shortage, armory superintendent James Stubblefield allowed workers to erect dwellings, at their own expense, on public lands along the Shenandoah River, "being the only disposable level ground at the armory." In the late 1820s and 1830s, the U.S. Government purchased the privately-built houses and leased them back to the workers.
 
Location. 39° 19.314′ N, 77° 43.862′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in lower town of Harpers Ferry National Historic Site, just south of the Winchester and Potomac Railroad. 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. Casualties of Time (within shouting distance of this marker); A Government Factory Town (within shouting distance of this marker); A Government Factory Town No Longer
Armory Workers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
2. Armory Workers Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Floods (within shouting distance of this marker); Shenandoah Street about 1880 (within shouting distance of this marker); Butcher Shop and Boarding House (within shouting distance of this marker); Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Samuel Annin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a drawing showing a worker operating a piece of machinery at the armory.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 658 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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