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

House Ruins

 
 
House Ruins Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. House Ruins Marker
Inscription. An island entrepreneur or owner likely resided in this 2 1/2-story house which once stood on this foundation. Owners and workers both resided on the island. Other dwellings included four large 2-story structures, five 2-story brick tenements, and five 1 1/2-story wooden cottages.

The 1850 census reveals about 200 people living on Virginius Island. Only ruins remain of their homes.
 
Location. 39° 19.278′ N, 77° 44.26′ 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 on Virginius Island in Harpers Ferry National Historic Site. 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. Head Gates and Inner Basin (a few steps from this marker); Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); River Wall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Island Mills (about 400 feet away); Jonathan Child House (about 500 feet away); Island Access (about 500 feet away); Shenandoah Pulp Factory (about 800 feet away); Jefferson Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker.
House Ruins Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. House Ruins Marker
In the center is a photo captioned Virginius Island house and residents, circa 1865. A backyard view of this house is depicted in the lower, right-hand corner of the photograph below.

The lower photo is An 1865 view of the many houses, dwellings, and cotton mill on the island.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
House Foundation Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
3. House Foundation
Another House Foundation Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
4. Another House Foundation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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