Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The destruction of the Federal Armory during the Civil War began the town's decline. Many people who had left Harpers Ferry during the war did return, only to be driven away again - and this time permanently - by the devastating flood of 1870 and those that soon followed. Harpers Ferry never fully recovered.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 39° 19.337′ N, 77° 43.838′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340) and Market Street, on the right when traveling east on Shenandoah Street. Marker is in the Lower Town at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shenandoah Street about 1880 (a few steps from this marker); A Government Factory Town No Longer (within shouting distance of this marker); Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Samuel AnninArmory Workers (within shouting distance of this marker); Casualties of Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); High Street in 1886 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a photo of Lower Town flooded in 1972.
Also see . . . Memorable Floods at Harpers Ferry. National Park Service page listing floods dating back to the 1740s. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,156 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.