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

Trail to Upper Harpers Ferry

 
 
Trail to Upper Harpers Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
1. Trail to Upper Harpers Ferry Marker
Inscription. Townspeople hand-carved these steps into the cliff early in the 1820's to gain easier access to homes and churches in the upper town. The rock cliff is composed of Harper's shale and you will find it scattered throughout the Harpers Ferry region in house walls and foundations, bridge supports, boundary walls, and ruins.

These stone steps will take you up the hill on a tour of the upper town. The first leg of the journey is steep, but relatively short - and you will find views of the rivers, bridges, lower town, and surrounding heights that are well worth the climb. Along the way, you'll also gain unusual perspectives on many historic buildings prominent in Harpers Ferry's rich history.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 39° 19.386′ N, 77° 43.834′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on High Street (Business U.S. 340). Touch for map. Located in the Lower Town section of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Casualty of War ( a few steps from this marker); Sweets for Harpers Ferry ( within shouting distance of this marker);
A Journey of 1,000 Miles Begins with a Single Step image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2009
2. A Journey of 1,000 Miles Begins with a Single Step
In 2009 the marker was replaced by this informational marker.
Harper House Tavern ( within shouting distance of this marker); Harper House ( within shouting distance of this marker); Springhouses and Root Cellars ( within shouting distance of this marker); White Hall Tavern ( within shouting distance of this marker); High Street in 1886 ( within shouting distance of this marker); "for the deposit of arms" ( 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 is a photo of the Stone Steps in 1865. In the center is a strip map of the trail to upper town. On the right are photos of a few of the historic buildings and sites - Harper House, Jefferson Rock, Anthony Hall, and Lockwood House.
 
Also see . . .  Harpers Ferry. National Park Service page. (Submitted on November 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Trail Strip Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 7, 2008
3. Trail Strip Map
Trail to Upper Harpers Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 7, 2008
4. Trail to Upper Harpers Ferry Marker
The Stone Steps image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
5. The Stone Steps
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on November 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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