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

A Government Factory Town No Longer

 
 
A Government Factory Town No Longer Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
1. A Government Factory Town No Longer Marker
Inscription. The destruction of the armory in 1861, followed by four years of Civil War, devastated Harpers Ferry's economy. Attempts at revitalization included a brewery erected here in 1895.

When West Virginia enacted prohibition in 1914, the brewery converted to a bottling works for sodas and spring water. The 1942 flood destroyed this last remaining industry in Harpers Ferry.
 
Location. 39° 19.322′ N, 77° 43.831′ 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. Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); Floods (within shouting distance of this marker); Casualties of Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Samuel Annin (within shouting distance of this marker); Armory Workers (within shouting distance of this marker); Shenandoah Street about 1880
A Government Factory Town No Longer Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
2. A Government Factory Town No Longer Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Armory Paymaster's Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); A Government Factory Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. A photo on the left shows the North bank of Shenandoah River in 1896. To illustrate the effects of that year's flood, the boarding house ruins, brewery, market house, and paymasters house are indicated on the photograph.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 821 times since then and 53 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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