John Brown Sesquicentennial - Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Company (Photo by Jim Wassel)
Stock House Drawing - From the Burton Collection, acquired by the Association and donated to the park
Election Day 1860 - One of several annual special events supported by the Association
National Park Bookshop - Operated by the Association in the old Stage Coach Inn on Shenandoah Street

Harpers Ferry Historical Association

Masthead: Painting of the Potomac Water Gap by Richard Schlecht, based on a c.1812 painting by Rembrandt Peale (National Park Service, Harpers Ferry Center, Commissioned Art Collection)


The View - Spring 2015



Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society

Jefferson County Convention & Visitor Bureau

Jefferson County Museum


Telephone: 304-535-6881

Fax: 304-535-6749





Find Your Park

The Harpers Ferry Historical Association is one of 65 cooperating associations serving the National Park Service. Established in 1971, this not-for-profit association has provided over $1 million to enhance the interpretive and education programs of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the National Park Service.

The association helps fund park public education programs, living history events, media for curriculum-based learning, publications, and visitor information assistance. These donations enhance the visitor experience at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

What we do:

  • The association publishes the "Harpers Ferry Heritage Trail" and other park publications. [Learn more about the Harpers Ferry Heritage Trail]

  • The association funds park special events.

  • The association provides materials for teachers and students for the annual School House Ridge Education Program for all 5th grade students in Jefferson County.

  • The association generates funds through the National Park Bookshop, which offers over 3,000 items to help visitors understand Harpers Ferry's unique place in history.

  • In partnership with the town of Harpers Ferry and the park, the association supports the annual Keeping Christmas event.

The Harpers Ferry Historical Association is a membership organization with over 500 members in the United States and Canada. Please join us in our mission of "Stewardship through Education."

2015 ATC Biennial Conference

The Harpers Ferry Historical Association is proud to support the 2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference. The Conference will be held at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, from July 17-24. The Association, along with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, will host "A Day in Harpers Ferry Excursion" on Sunday, July 19. To learn more about the Conference and excursions, visit the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference Website.                                                                                                                                              2015 ATC Biennial Conference logo