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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Discover Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2019
1. Discover Harpers Ferry Marker
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Enjoy over 3,000 acres of rivers, trails, and battlefields in historic Harpers Ferry

Near the Visitor Center: Battlefields and Trails
Experience Harpers Ferry's tumultuous past. Pick up park trail maps and guides at the visitor center. Walk the Murphy Farm trail where W.E.B. DuBois marched for civil rights on the site of a former Civil War battlefield. Discover the story of the 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry by exploring Bolivar Heights and Schoolhouse Ridge battlefields.

In the Lower Town: Historic Village, Rivers, and Trails
From here take the free shuttle bus to Lower Town. Explore Civil War-era homes, industry and shops. See where John Brown fought against slavery—catapulting the nation into the Civil War. Discover Camp Hill and the story of Storer College. Hike up Maryland Heights and enjoy the panoramic view of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. Walk the Appalachian Trail or bike along the C&O Canal Towpath.

Harpers Ferry and Beyond
People from the far corners of the earth will come here...
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2019
2. Harpers Ferry and Beyond
T. McDonald, Storer College President


Battlefield Auto Tour
The tour begins here at the Visitor Center. All areas are open from dawn to dusk. Exhibit panels at sites give detailed information.

1. Bolivar Heights Site of five Civil War engagements. Panoramic views, trail.
2. Lower Bolivar Heights Site of 1862 skirmish near present-day road. Earthworks, trail, views.
3. Schoolhouse Ridge North Site of "Stonewall" Jackson's line during 1862 battle. Trail, views.
4. Schoolhouse Ridge South Site of Confederate flanking maneuver in 1862 battle. Trail, views.
5. Murphy-Chambers Farm Civil War and civil rights stories stories came together here. Panoramic views, trails.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities marker series.
 
Location. 39° 18.993′ N, 77° 45.422′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Shoreline Drive 0.2 miles south of Pointfield Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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walking distance of this marker. The Trap Closes (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Victory (a few steps from this marker); Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (a few steps from this marker); A Union Predicament (a few steps from this marker); History in the Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson at Harpers Ferry (approx. mile away); Home Becomes Battlefield (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Civil War to Civil Rights / Battle of Harpers Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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