These family events relate the natural and cultural history of the area and give accounts of the men and women whose contributions made Harpers Ferry a significant place in our nation's heritage. These events are made possible through the efforts of the park staff, NPS volunteers, living history groups, and the Harpers Ferry Historical Association. For more information call 304-535-6029 or visit the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park website.
The USCT & the Spirit of Freedom Exhibit
February 2 - December 31 | 9am to 5pm | Second floor of John Brown Museum
This year long exhibit will highlight dedication and commitment of African American soldiers and their fight for freedom.
“Necessity: The Mother of Invention”
March 29, 30 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Meet Harpers Ferry’s industrial workers and citizens at special exhibits featuring the technological advances in 19th century clothing innovations, health, food preservation, and arms production.
Harpers Ferry and the USCT Recruiting Station
April 26, 27 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
This event will commemorate the 150th anniver - sary of Harpers Ferry’s role in the recruitment of United States Colored Troops during 1864. Activities will include living history and ranger conducted programs.
Defend and Protect. Arming America’s Soldiers
May 24, 25 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Special exhibits and programs highlight the Harp - ers Ferry Armory, technology, invention and how these weapons were used by soldiers for national defense and exploration. See this armory town come to life as living history volunteers present the story of Harpers Ferry and the Industrial Revolution through historic weapons firing demonstration and other special activities.
13th Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert
June 28 | 6pm | Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Ballroom 233 Lowe Drive, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
This year’s Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert will be held in Shepherdstown. Featured guests are jazz legends Billy Harper and Cecil McBee, with the Howard Burns Quartet. This event is sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Historical Association and the Jefferson County NAACP in cooperation with the Don Redman Heritage Society of Piedmont, WV.
Under Fire: Hold the High Ground! 1864
June 28, 29 Demonstrations at 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join the members of the park’s artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery during the town’s Confederate General Jubal Early’s march on Washington 1864.
Invasion Stalled: Harpers Ferry and the Defense of Washington
July 4, 5, 6 | 10am to 4pm | Lower Town
This event will focus on the prelude of the Battle of Monocacy and Harpers Ferry’s role in helping to delay Jubal Early’s 1864 march on Washington. Activities will include living history, ranger conducted programs, and family/youth activities.
Slavery, the Abolitionist Movement and Reflections of Jefferson
July 12 | Presentations at 1pm & 3pm | Lower Town
Watch an insightful dramatic presentation on the issue of slavery featuring Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson.
“I Will Follow Them To the Death: Sheridan’s Soldiers, 1864”
July 19, 20 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
This program presents Harpers Ferry as the staging area for Union General Philip Sheridan’s Shenandoah Campaign during the summer of 1864. Members of 13th New Jersey will demonstrate union army garrison duties. Costumed volunteers and staff will interpret civilian life under harsh military rule.
“Medical Weekend: Giving Aid and Comfort”
July 26, 27 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Living history volunteers of the 3rd US and 142nd Pennsylvania Infantry will portray the medical and relief efforts that provided aid and comfort to the thousands of soldiers fighting during the American Civil War.
Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862
August 2, 3 Demonstrations at 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join the members of the park’s artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.
The Enemy Among Us: Defending Harpers Ferry During The War of 1812
August 9, 10 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Visit a Living History 1812 military recruitment station at the town’s oldest structure, the 1782 Tavern built by Robert Harper. See how the town’s citizens react to the British invasion and the response by the Armory workers.
Niagara Movement Pilgrimage to John Brown’s Fort
August 17 | 8am | Murphy/Chambers Farm & Curtis Freewill Baptist Church
Retrace the footsteps of the men and women of Niagara during this commemorative walk to the site of John Brown’s Fort in 1906. A 10am memorial service will follow at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church.
The Harpers Ferry Armory Marches off to War
August 23 | 10am to 4pm | Lower Town
A War of 1812 Bicentennial commemoration that coincides with Captain George W. Humphrey’s company of Harpers Ferry and Jefferson County volunteers being mustered into service and their subsequent engagement at the Battle of White House Bluff.
“Bringing In the Harvest”
September 6, 7 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town at Roeder’s Confectionery Kitchen
Join 19th Century Historic Foodways Expert Carol Anderson for this in depth look at how summer time harvest foods were preserved for winter consumption. Demonstrations include, pickling, drying, potting, and canning.
Thunder in the Valley: Sheridan’s 1864 Valley Campaign
September 27, 28 | 10am to 4pm | Lower Town
This event will focus on Harpers Ferry’s role as a staging ground and supply base during Philip Sheridan’s 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Activities will include living his - tory, ranger conducted programs, and family/youth activities.
“Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry”
October 4 Presentations at 1pm & 3pm | Lower Town
Visit with our nation’s 16th president as portrayed by Jim Getty.
Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1864
October 11 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
This event will explore Harpers Ferry’s critical role in our nation’s wartime presidential election. Activities will include living history, ranger conducted programs, and family/ youth activities.
“Reacting to the Raid: The US Marines”
October 12 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town, Fire Engine House
Witness a living history demonstration on how 1859 Abolitionist Brown was captured by US troops.
Drink Your Apples: Roeder’s Tavern Cider Making, 1860
October 18, 19 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town, Roeder’s Confectionary and Roeder’s White Hall Tavern
Step back in time, learn the time honored tradition of preserving harvest time apples by making cider.
Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862
October 25, 26 Demonstrations at 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join the members of the Baltimore Light Artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.
Capt. Flagg’s US Quartermaster City: Prospects of Peace
December 6, 7 | 11am to 5pm | Lower Town
Join over 175 living history volunteers as they help present park visitors with a unique window into the magnitude and scope of Captain Flagg’ s 1864 US Quartermaster city.
Special Events are made possible through the generous support of the Harpers Ferry Historical Association. Visit the Park Bookshop on Shenandoah Street, visit their website, or call them at 304-535-6881.