Harpers Ferry is about 60 miles from Washington D.C. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, closely following the Potomac River, once connected Harpers Ferry to Washington... and the railroad also came through the town. In addition to being a transportation hub, an important armory was located here. Meriwether Lewis arrived at this armory in 1803 looking to outfit the expedition he would lead with William Clark to the Pacific Ocean. Some 56 years later the abolitionist John Brown attempted to take this stockpile of weapons and spark a slave rebellion.. a spectacular start to what would turn out to be an eventful few years. Harper’s Ferry would change hands eight times in the course of the War of Northern Aggression.
Located on the tongue of land where the Shenandoah and Potomac come together, the historic town was liable to flooding. Two washed out bridges stand in the river, now overgrown with plants and trees... mute testimonies to the power of flooding water. The lower part of the town... the historic town... is now maintained by the National Park Service, although a few hundred people still live a little higher up the hill.
Located in front of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters,
799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry WV. The west facing inscription:
This is on the east facing side of the same marker at the Appalachian Coservancy
pheee....didn't notice that little brown sign when I set the bike up for the photo.
Heading east on Washington St., several blocks and on the right is the Marker "Prize Of War"
Continue east on Washington St., you will be heading down into old town.
Follow Washington St. to Shenadoah Ave, and turn left. On the right, you will see John Brown's Fort.
Turn left again onto Potomac, and see the Lewis and Clark marker on the right.
This really is a small little burg...very few streets....and they all go two ways...up...or...down.
This marker is located on Filmore St., in front of Storer College.
On October 2, 1867, "Storer Normal School" was opened, and two years later, in December 1869, the federal government formally conveyed the Lockwood House and three other former Armory residences on Camp Hill to the school's trustees. Frederick Douglass served as a trustee of Storer College, and delivered a memorable oration on the subject of John Brown here in 1881.
In the Boliver Heights area of the National Park, on Bakerton Rd, this marker, "Union Skirmish Line" is on the right.
By no means is this an adequate report on the significance of this community or its place in history. The National Park Service offers a very comprehensive walking tour of the area that details the places that impacted our history. While I usually avoid "touristy" places like a tax audit, this was worth the effort.