Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Six Acres That Changed the World
"A place of immense strength"
George Washington chose Harpers Ferry as the site for the nation's second national armory.
"Manufactured for me at this place"
Meriwether Lewis supplied his Corps of Discovery with guns and other goods produced here at the Harpers Ferry armory.
"A greater degree of perfection...."
Inventor John Hall's new method of "fabricating arms exactly alike" revolutionized industry and pitted man against machine.
"The Great National Project"
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad rumbled through the armory grounds, racing west against the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.
John Brown's attempt to end slavery by attacking the armory catapulted the nation into civil war.
"Our armory is burnt"
Virginia militiamen descended on Harpers Ferry to seize arms and equipment from the federal armory. Retreating Federals set fire to the armory and arsenal.
Erected by National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 19.423′ N, 77° 43.801′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Potomac Street, on the right when traveling north. Located at the old Armory Site in Harpers Ferry National Historic Site, to the left of the stairs leading down to the old armory site. 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. Home of Joseph Perkins (a few steps from this marker); Armory Grounds (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark (within shouting distance of this marker); Tailrace (within shouting distance of this marker); Short-lived Sanctuary (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown's Last Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown Monument (within shouting A Perfect Heap of Ruins (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Harpers Ferry Armory Trail Markers.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,245 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.