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

Camp Hill

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By William Fischer, Jr., May 3, 2017
1. Camp Hill Marker
Inscription.

You are in the Camp Hill area of Harpers Ferry. Explore Camp Hill's history with exhibits in front of the Morrell, Brackett, and Lockwood houses and Mather Training Center. Side trails in Harper Cemetery and in front of Mather Training Center connect to the world-famous Appalachian Trail (AT).

Early settlement
1700s
Town founder Robert Harper ran a ferry business and a gristmill in the Lower Town area. Harper and other notables are buried in Harper Cemetery at the end of Fillmore Street. The Camp Hill area takes its name from an encampment of US Army soldiers here in the late 1700s.

Armory
1848-1861
The hilltop position of the armory paymaster's house (above) "made a statement about the presence and power of the paymaster and the armory." A stroll along Fillmore Street takes you by three of the original four armory mansions on Camp Hill which have been preserved by the National Park Service.

Civil War
1861-1865
The armory and its Camp Hill housing were abandoned at the war's outbreak. Camp Hill served as an encampment for both Union and Confederate troops. The buildings on this street served as hospitals, prisons, bivouacs, or quarters.

Storer College
1867-1955
An oasis of learning and freedom in the segregated south,

Camp Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 3, 2017
2. Camp Hill Marker
Looking north from Fillmore Street
Storer College was "open to all regardless of race or gender." Here in 1906 the civil rights leaders of the Niagara Movement — precursor to the NAACP — used the campus for their first conference in the United States.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 19.484′ N, 77° 44.443′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Storer College Place, on the left when traveling east on Fillmore Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 770 Fillmore Street, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Lodge No. 1 (a few steps from this marker); Church and School (a few steps from this marker); Storer College Veterans Memorial Gate (a few steps from this marker); Foundations of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); The Niagara Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); The Black Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); A Land Divided (within shouting distance of this marker); Storer College 1867-1955 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 109 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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