2017 Historic Trades Workshops


Many of these workshops require pre-registration and payment with the Harpers Ferry Park Association. To register, click on a link below, select Workshops in Bookshop panel on the left, or contact the Harpers Ferry Park Association at 304-535-6881.


As American as Apple Pie

March 25, 2017 | 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Lower Town, Roeder’s Confectionery

Instructors: Park Ranger Melinda Day
Workshop Fee: $50.00 per person (Minimum age to participate is 12 years old with a registered adult) Includes baking ingredients and instruction in oven management.
Registration Closed
Class Size: SOLD OUT
Description: Step back in time and make pie the 1860 way! Learn about the connections between the town's early industrial history and local immigrant Baker and Brewer, Frederick Roeder. Compare 19th century baking methods and discover how the historic Victorian system of food production, today called the slow food movement, was achieved.



Photography Workshop at HFNHP

Two-day workshop | May 27-28, 2017 | 9:00am | Allies for Freedom Room, John Brown Museum

Instructor: Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox
Workshop Fee: $250
Registration closes on May 5th, 2017
Class Size: Limited to 20 participants
Description: This two-day photography workshop will be a "hands on" and "feet on the ground" activity, with an emphasis on actual photography on location, with some limited classroom time. Our instructors will acquaint participants with techniques and equipment appropriate to the different venues we will be visiting during the weekend.




The Art of the Forge: A Blacksmith Workshop

Two-day workshop | June 10-11, 2017 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | Lower Town, Blacksmith Shop

Instructor: David Dufficy
Workshop Fee: $150.00 per person (Minimum age to participate is 18 years old) Includes materials, supplies and instruction.
Registration closes on June 3, 2017
Class Size: SOLD OUT
Description: Nineteenth century blacksmiths were crucial. Their trade varied from keeping doors on hinges and wagons in proper working order to making weapons for the town's US Armory for national defense. Learn this historic trade and echo the clang of the hammer on hot iron - just as they did 150 years ago!





Grand Civic and Military BBQ
October 14, 2017 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Lower Town

Historic Experience Fee: $20.00 per person. Includes 19th century style barbecue meal and program.
Registration closes on October 7, 2017
Size of event: 100 people can participate in this historic experience and program.
Description: Experience this catered mid-19th century citizen and military barbecue and learn how locals reacted to abolitionist John Brown’s Raid in October, 1859.




African American Influence on Dance

November 11th & 12th, 2017 | TBA  


Workshop Fee: 

Class Size: 

Description: Information coming soon about this exciting new workshop!



While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in their Heads

December 2 and 3, 2017 | First class each day: 11:00am to 1:00pm Second class each day: 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Roeder's Confectionery on High Street

Instructor: Carol Anderson
Workshop Fee: $25.00 per person (Children under 6 years old may attend for free with a registered adult) Includes supplies for candy recipes and instruction from a foodways expert.
Registration closes on November 25, 2017
Class Size: Limited to 4 participants per class
Description: A Victorian candy-making workshop. Learn the art and mystery of the confectioner’s Yuletide trade of making treats. Explore the world of sugar work and making of clear toy candy.