Harpers Ferry Historical Association A National Park Service Coooperating Association

2015 Schedule of Events

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.

Freedman’s Bureau: Educating the Newly Freed Slaves & the Prelude to Storer College
February 1 - December 31 | 9am to 5pm | Second floor of John Brown Museum
This year long exhibit will highlight the Freedman’s Bureau’s efforts in Harpers Ferry and the foundations of Storer College.

The Enemy Among Us: Defending Harpers Ferry During the War of 1812
March 14, 15 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Visit a Living History 1812 military recruitment station. See how the town’s citizens react and how the armory workers respond to the British invasion.

Necessity: The Mother of Invention
March 28, 29 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Meet Harpers Ferry’s industrial workers and citizens at special exhibits featuring the technological advances of 19th century.

Refereeing Rights: The Freedman’s Bureau, 1865
April 11 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
After the Civil War ended, reconstruction of the south began. Learn of issues faced by the Provost Marshal as they supported the activities of the Freedman’s Bureau.

Refereeing Rights: The Freedman’s Bureau, 1865
April 18 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
President Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865. Learn how the Provost Marshal reacted to the situation and how they supported the newly formed Freedman’s Bureau.

Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862
April 25, 26 | Demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join members of the artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.

City Farming: Food in the Backyard
May 9, 10 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Learn about farming in antebellum Harpers Ferry, and see examples of 19th century organic foods. Purchase heirloom seeds at the Bookshop to start your own kitchen garden.

Defend and Protect: Arming America’s Soldiers
May 23, 24 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
See this armory town come to life through historic weapons firing demonstrations and special activities which highlight the armory’s technology, inventions, and weapons.

Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862
May 30, 31 | Demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join members of the artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.

14th Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert
June 27 | 6pm | Mather Lawn, Camp Hill
This year’s event and concert feature guests George Cables, Dr. Eddie Henderson, and the Howard Burns Quartet.

Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862
June 27, 28 | Demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join members of the artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.

Peace, Freedom, & Union: July 4th 1865
July 4, 5 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
See how the reunited country recognizes Independence Day in 1865. Learn of the post-war trials and triumphs of the Provost Marshal and the Freedman’s Bureau.

Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862
July 11, 12 | Demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join members of the artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.

Supplied for Survival: Thomas Jefferson Remembers the Lewis & Clark Expedition
July 18 | Presentations at 1pm & 3pm | Lower Town
Discover Harpers Ferry’s role in the Lewis and Clark expedition, featuring Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson.

Medical Weekend: Giving Aid and Comfort
July 18, 19 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Living history volunteers of the 3rd US, 142nd PA Infantry, and the 20th Maine Hospital will portray the medical and relief efforts provided to soldiers during the Civil War.

I Will Follow Them To the Death: Sheridan’s Soldiers, 1864
July 25, 26 | 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.

Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862
August 1, 2 | Demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join members of the 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 8, 9 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Visit a Living History 1812 military recruitment station. See how the town’s citizens react and how the armory workers respond to the British invasion.

Niagara Movement Pilgrimage to John Brown’s Fort
August 16 | 8am | Murphy/Chambers Farm and Curtis Freewill Baptist Church
Retrace the footsteps of the Niagara Movement with a commemorative walk to the 1906 site of John Brown’s Fort. A 10am memorial service will follow at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church.

Bringing in the Harvest
September 5, 6 | 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.

Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry
October 3 | Presentations at 1pm & 3pm | Lower Town
Visit with our nation’s 16th president, as portrayed by Jim Getty.

Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862
October 10, 11 | Demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join members of the artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.

Reacting to the Raid: The US Marines
October 17, 18 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town
Witness a living history demonstration on how 1859 abolitionist John Brown was captured by US troops.

Drink Your Apples: Roeder’s Tavern Cider Making, 1860
October 24, 25 | 11am to 4pm | Lower Town, Roeder’s Confectionary and Roeder’s White Hall Tavern
Step back in time and learn the time-honored tradition of preserving harvest time apples by making cider.

Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862
October 31, November 1 | Demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm | Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Join members of the artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery.

Capt. Flagg’s US Quartermaster City: Prospects of Peace
December 5, 6 | 11am to 5pm | Lower Town
Living history volunteers present Captain Flagg’s 1864 US Quartermaster city. Through this Yuletide event, we invite you to reflect on what the Civil War determines - the Union of the States and eventual freedom of 4 million enslaved people.


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.