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

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

 
 
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By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
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Inscription.  (First Panel):
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is the story of...

Industrial Development and the production of weapons at the Harpers Ferry armory.

John Brown's Raid and his attempt to end slavery.

The Civil War with Union and Confederate armies fighting over this border area for four years.

Black History from slavery to Storer College - chartered to educate men and women of all races, it became one of the first institutions of higher learning for Black Americans.

Explore Harpers Ferry's past!

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry NHP contains almost 3,000 acres to preserve the history and scenery of the Harpers Ferry area. Enjoy a safe visit to one or more of these park areas:

(1) Lower Town
Relive 19th-century Harpers Ferry through restored buildings, exhibits, media presentations, and ranger-conducted talks and programs. Allow 3-6 hours

(2) Virginius Island
Explore the ruins of a once-thriving 19th-century industrial town along the Shenandoah River. 1-2 hours

(3) Camp
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By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
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Hill

Visit Harper Cemetery and examine old armory buildings devastated by civil war and returned to use as classrooms for Storer College. 1-2 hours

(4) Maryland Heights
Hike to discover ruins of Civil War forts and campgrounds and savor the spectacular views. 3-6 hours

(5) Loudoun Heights
Ascend the Blue Ridge via the historic and scenic Appalachian Trail, and relish the splendid mountain vistas. 3-5 hours

(6) Bolivar Heights
Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln and Stonewall Jackson. This location also affords a splendid view of the Harpers Ferry water gap. 1-2 hours

(7) Union Skirmish Line
Site of the final infantry engagement during 1862 battle. 1 hour

(8) Jackson's Right Flank
From this position, Jackson orchestrated movements sealing the fate of the Federals. 1 hour

(9) Short Hill
Reclaimed by nature, Short Hill was once the site of a water-powered industrial community
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities marker series.
 
Location. 39° 18.988′ N, 77° 45.416′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Shenandoah Street, on the right when
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By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
3. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Marker
traveling north. Located at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Site visitor center. 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. Discover Harpers Ferry (a few steps from this marker); A Union Predicament (a few steps from this marker); The Trap Closes (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); History in the Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson at Harpers Ferry (approx. Ό 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.
 
More about this marker. On the second panel is a map of the park showing the units listed in the text.
 
Also see . . .
1. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. NPS site. (Submitted on May 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Prewar Harpers Ferry in art… and some thoughts. (Submitted on December 14, 2012, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 

More. Search the internet for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,086 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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