West Virginia – Harpers Ferry

Located at the historic and beautiful junction of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, Harpers Ferry was one of our nation’s first armories commissioned under George Washington. With growing weapons production, Harpers Ferry became a vital communication and transportation link between the eastern seaboard and the Ohio River Valley during the 1800s.

  • Explore 25 points of interest in historic downtown Harpers Ferry, including museums, shops, homes, and more.
  • Re-live 19th-century Harpers Ferry through exhibits and media presentations.
  • Investigate the armory fire engine house where abolitionist John Brown was captured in 1859 at John Brown’s Fort.
  • Take a short hike to the spot where Thomas Jefferson viewed Harpers Ferry and described it as “one of the most stupendous scenes in nature.”

Did you know:

  • George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, John Brown, “Stonewall” Jackson, and Frederick Douglass are just a few of the prominent individuals who left their mark on Harpers Ferry.
  • Harpers Ferry witnessed the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.


Harpers Ferry National Park

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.