Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
A Government Factory Town
The armory affected the everyday lives of its workers, both inside and outside the workplace, until its destruction in 1861 during the opening days of the Civil War.
To learn about the armory's efforts on behalf of its workforce, walk this short trail along the Shenandoah River and visit the sites of buildings pictured here.
Location. 39° 19.308′ N, 77° 43.892′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in lower town of Harpers Ferry National Historic Site, just south of the Winchester and Potomac Railroad. 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 marker. Butcher Shop and Boarding House (within shouting distance of this marker); Armory Workers (within shouting distance of this marker); Casualties of Time (within shouting distance of this marker); A Government Factory Town No Longer Shenandoah Street about 1880 (about 300 feet away); Floods (about 300 feet away); St. John's Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Market House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. A drawing above the text shows the locations where notable buildings stood on Shenandoah Street and the U.S. Musket Factory on the eve of the Civil War: boarding house, armory workers' dwellings, market house, paymaster's house, and U.S. musket factory.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 854 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.