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

Home of Joseph Perkins

Armory Superintendent

 

—Meriwether Lewis at Harpers Ferry —

 
Home of Joseph Perkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. Home of Joseph Perkins Marker
Inscription. Armory Superintendent Joseph Perkins lived in a converted warehouse on this spot from 1801-1806. The day Lewis arrived, March 16, 1803, he hand-delivered a letter from the Secretary of War directing Perkins to provide "arms & iron work... with the least possible delay." Lewis may have stayed here while he was in Harpers Ferry. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 39° 19.428′ N, 77° 43.796′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Potomac Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the old Armory Site in Harpers Ferry National Historic Site. 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. Six Acres That Changed the World (a few steps from this marker); Armory Grounds (a few steps from this marker); A Perfect Heap of Ruins (within shouting distance of this marker); My Favorite Boat (within shouting distance of this marker); Short-lived Sanctuary (within shouting distance of
Marker at the Bottom of the Stairs image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. Marker at the Bottom of the Stairs
After the armory was abandoned and sold, the railroad purchased a right of way for a rail line. The marker stands at the bottom the stairs over the old railroad bed.
this marker); John Brown's Last Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); Racing West (within shouting distance of this marker); Daring Escapes (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
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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 1,335 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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