Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Built in 1858, this house served as the home for the U.S. Armory superintendent's clerk. As an assistant to the superintendent, the clerk's responsibilities included drafting correspondence, filing reports, arranging schedules, and insuring the smooth operation of the superintendent's office.
After Storer College was established for freedmen in 1867, the building was named in honor of Dr. Nathan Brackett - educator, minister, administrator, and financier - who helped found the college and served as its first principal. Brackett arranged to have this and three other "fine old mansions" in the upper town, dilapidated and abandoned after the Civil War, turned over to the college by the government. The Brackett House currently is not open.
[Photo caption reads] Brackett House in 1908, during its Storer College tenancy.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 19.443′ N, 77° 44.176′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Lancaster Street, on the right when traveling east on Fillmore Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Lockwood House (within shouting distance of this marker); Morrell House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harper Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Nathan Cook Brackett (about 500 feet away); Island Access (about 600 feet away); Jefferson Rock (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Jefferson Rock (about 700 feet away); The Harpers Ferry Bandstand (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
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Also see . . .
1. Brackett House in Historic American Building Survey (HABS). (Submitted on December 16, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Storer College, Harpers Ferry WV. (Submitted on December 16, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.