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Jefferson County, WV
About Jefferson County
Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Jefferson Rock
Shenandoah Canal
Entler Hotel
Rumsey Monument and Tobacco Warehouse
Morgan's Grove Park
Peter Burr House
Charles Town
Jefferson County Courthouse and Museum
Zion Episcopal Church
Happy Retreat
St. George's Chapel Ruins
Cedar Lawn
Claymont Court/Blakeley
Middleway Historic District
Berkeley County, WV
About Berkeley County
B&O Roundhouse & Station Complex
Belle Boyd House
Berkeley County Courthouse
Triple Brick Museum
General Adam Stephen House
Green Hill Cemetery
Van Metre Ford Bridge
Bunker Hill Mill
Morgan Chapel
Morgan Cabin
Gerrardstown Historic District
Hays Gerrard House
Mill's Gap
Sleep Creek Wildlife Management Area
Hedgesville Historic District
Mt. Zion Episcopal Church
Snodgrass Tavern
Morgan County, WV
About Morgan County
Spruce Pine Hollow Park
Berkeley Springs
Dutch Cemetery
Throgmorton's Inn
Bath Historic District
Berkeley Springs State Park
George Washington's Bathtub
Roman Bath House & Museum of the Berkeley Springs
Washington's Lots
Sir John's Run
Panorama Overlook
Great Cacapon
Camp Hill Cemetery
Paw Paw
Paw Paw Tunnel
Coolfont Manor House
Cacapon State Park

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Harpers Ferry, WV


The former industrial powerhouse of Harpers Ferry was sliding towards obscurity when the state of West Virginia gave the lower town to the National Park Service in 1944. Major restoration efforts created the National Historical Park which is a collection of many small museums established within original buildings restored to their 1859 condition when the town was at the height of its fame and fortune.

The story told in the park is a conjuncture of many American themes: Native Americans; industry and transportation, including firearms and weaponry used for the Lewis and Clark Expedition; John Brown’s raid; the Civil War; and the unparalleled natural environment.

African-American history was highlighted by the addition of the defunct Storer College campus to the park. Storer was established after the Civil War as one of the earliest institutions for educating former slaves. The early 20th century Niagara Movement began there spurring establishment of the NAACP. At its peak, Storer College boasted 20 buildings and 100 students.

Trained park rangers and volunteers bring history to life in tours and special activities year ‘round.

For More Information: 304-535-629 • www.nps.gov/hafe


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