Harpers Ferry

50th Anniversary Commemorative Program

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Contains time-line of park history from 1936 to 1994 along with a general history and several photographs show how Harpers Ferry became a National Historical Park.

Antietam Revealed The Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign as You Have Never Seen it Before

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Written by the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam Revealed is a chronological survey of the 1862 Maryland Campaign and battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862). The volume contains 1,865 entries, four maps, 32 photographs, a biliography and index.  Paperback, 198 pages.

Archaeology of Harpers Ferry's Commercial and Residential District

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This book includes articles on the meanings and uses of material goods in the lower town of Harpers Ferry, the changing social and material routine in 19th century Harpers Ferry, health, sanitation, diet and prehistoric landscape in Harpers Ferry, plus much more. Volume 28, Number 4 from the Journal of the Society for Archaeology includes pictures, maps, and tables/graphs. Paperback, 121 pages.

Autumn in Harpers Ferry

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This vivid painting,by artist Helen Jean Smith, is a limited edition print which measures 17”x 21 ¾”.

Blue & Gray Magazine History and Tour Guide of Stonewall Jackson's Battle of Harpers Ferry September 12-15, 1862

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At the bottom of the “hole” where the Shenandoah River flows into the Potomac River is the village of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (which was Virginia in 1862). Towering over this confluence are Maryland Heights, Loudoun Heights, and Bolivar Heights. It all makes for wild, scenic beauty, but the town becomes virtually indefensible if enemy cannons are placed on the heights. In September 1862, Stonewall Jackson did exactly that.But Jackson was late. He was unable to meet Robert E. Lee’s stringent timetable for capturing Harpers Ferry, and the unprecedented loss of Lee’s Special Orders 191 – which detailed the Confederate invasion plan – compromised the operation and endangered the Confederate army. Often overshadowed by Antietam, the battle never would have occurred without Stonewall’s actions at Harpers Ferry.This guide includes several color and black-and-white photographs and maps of the battlefields.Paperback, 103 pages 

Boots and Saddles Cavalry During the Maryland Campaign of September 1862

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In time for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862), author Laurence H. Freiheit has written the definitive study of cavalry actions, Union and Confederate, before, during, and after the battle. This massive study, the product of years of research and topographical analysis, will surely be the authoritative scholarly resource on this aspect of the Civil War for years to come. Boots and Saddles: Cavalry During the Maryland Campaign of September 1862 is a 594-page, 8 x 11" hardcover, with over 200 maps, photographs, and illustrations. Included is a driving tour written by Craig Swain, with modern maps and GPS coordinates.

C&O Canal Marker Harpers Ferry Mile 60 GRANDE

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100% hand-made and engraved by Studio Workshop in Cumberland, Maryland. Triple finished. Cherry wood mile marker #60 replica -- 7 inches tall, 2 3/4" square with inscription  Harpers Ferry Mile 60, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, 184.5 miles, Washington, DC to Cumberland MD, Confluence of the Potomac & Shenandoah Rivers at the Gap in the Blue Ridge.

C&O Canal Marker Harpers Ferry Mile 60 MINI

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100% hand-made and engraved by Studio Workshop in Cumberland, Maryland. Triple finished. Mini Marker 4 inches tall, 1 3/8" squareInscription Harpers Ferry Mile 60, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, 184.5 miles, Washington, DC to Cumberland MD.  
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Echoes from a Pioneer Life

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The subject of this autobiography, Jared Maurice Arter, was born a slave Jan. 27, 1850. He first saw the light in a little one-room log cabin, on a small farm lying on both sides of the Winchester Turnpike and the Shepherdstown Highway, at their crossing. The Big House on this farm, located four miles from each, marked the half-way point between the now famous towns of Harper's Ferry and Charles Town both in Jefferson County, W. Va. Jared well remembers the John Brown Raid and the great excitement arising therefrom. The master of the Little plantation, William Schaeffer, of Pennsylvania Dutch extraction, was inspector of arms in the United States Arsenal at Harper's Ferry. He was accustomed to rise and leave home on horseback at 5 o'clock of mornings, to eat breakfast with his mother and father in Bolivar, and to go from there to his work in the arsenal. On the morning of the John Brown Raid he left at 5 o'clock as usual. Soon the news spread that Brown and his men had made a raid through the county on the previous night, had taken into custody a number of the leading citizens, had captured Harper's Ferry and the arsenal and had barricaded himself and his men in the engine-house of the armory and was holding the captured citizens as prisoners or hostages.
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Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army

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On October 16, 1859, John Brown and his band of eighteen raiders descended on Harpers Ferry. In an ill-fated attempt to incite a slave insurrection, they seized the federal arsenal, took hostages, and retreated to a fire engine house where they barricaded themselves until a contingent of US Marines battered their way in on October 18.
The raiders were routed, and several were captured. Soon after, they were tried, convicted, and hanged. Among Brown's fighters were five African American men--John Copeland, Shields Green, Dangerfield Newby, Lewis Leary, and Osborne Perry Anderson--whose lives and deaths have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader and who, even today, are little remembered. Only Anderson survived, later publishing the lone insider account of the event that, most historians agree, was a catalyst to the catastrophic American Civil War that followed.
Five for Freedom is the story of these five brave men, the circumstances in which they were born and raised, how they came together at this fateful time and place, and the legacies they left behind. It is an American story that continues to resonate.

Harpers Ferry A Crossroads in Time

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With contemporary photography and words, this handsome and groundbreaking book explores the cultural and natural history of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and the surrounding landscape within Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. More than just a collection of photographs, the book chronicles the history of the area. Best known for John Brown's 1859 raid, the Ferry occupied a strategic location between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet, making it an important 19th-century crossroads for river, canal, and railroad transportation. The book explores that bustling bygone era, including the Civil War years, which brought an end to the town's industrial age. Moreover, the book portrays the present-day town and the area's scenic attractions, including the rivers and the Appalachian Trail, which passes through the park.

Harpers Ferry Anthology: Civil War-era Stories by Park Rangers and Volunteers

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Published by the Harpers Ferry Historical Association in memory of David L. Larsen, Interpreter.The diaries, letters and memoirs of the civilians and soldiers who experienced the war in Harpers Ferry have provided park interpreters an invaluable tool for transporting park visitors to the past. Here are 24 stories written by 17 interpreters, volunteers, rangers and interns that recreate six harrowing years of a town under attack. Paperback, 118 pages.

Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology The Challenge of Change

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Focusing on the day-to-day operations of the U.S. armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, from 1798 to 1861, this book shows what the "new technology" of mechanized production meant in terms of organization, management, and worker morale. A local study of much more than local significance, it highlights the major problems of technical innovation and social adaptation in antebellum America.

Merritt Roe Smith describes how positions of authority at the armory were tied to a larger network of political and economic influence in the community; how these relationships, in turn, affected managerial behavior; and how local social conditions reinforced the reactions of decision makers. He also demonstrates how craft traditions and variant attitudes toward work vis-à-vis New England created an atmosphere in which the machine was held suspect and inventive activity was hampered.

Of central importance is the author's analysis of the drastic differences between Harpers Ferry and its counterpart, the national armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, which played a pivotal role in the emergence of the new technology. The flow of technical information between the two armories, he shows, moved in one direction only― north to south. "In the end," Smith concludes, "the stamina of local culture is paramount in explaining why the Harpers Ferry armory never really flourished as a center of technological innovation."

Pointing up the complexities of industrial change, this account of the Harpers Ferry experience challenges the commonly held view that Americans have always been eagerly receptive to new technological advances.

Harpers Ferry Bill of Fare Collection of Recipes by the HFHA

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A collection of recipes influenced by the confluence! Take a journey back into time with your tastebuds from the late 18th century to present day! Enjoy images of Harpers Ferry past, colorful quotes, and amusing anecdotes. Filled with both historical and modern recipes, Harpers Ferry Bill of Fare will satisfy any appetite for food or nostalgia. Spiral bound, paperback 92 pages.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Lapel Pin - T. Jefferson

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Measures 3/4" x 1 1/4" Depicts Thomas Jefferson viewing the water gap at Harpers Ferry.“The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature. . .This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic.”  After visiting in 1783, this is how Thomas Jefferson described Harpers Ferry in his book, Notes on the State of Virginia.   

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Patch - Jefferson

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Measures 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" Depicts Thomas Jefferson viewing the water gap at Harpers Ferry.“The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature. . .This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic.”  After visiting in 1783, this is how Thomas Jefferson described Harpers Ferry in his book, Notes on the State of Virginia.    

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter

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Set of two Harpers Ferry National Historical Park uncirculated quarters, one from the Denver mint and one from the Philadelphia mint. John Brown's Fort is featured on the coin and the packaging includes a history of the park as well as a history of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. 

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter and Stamp Set

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2016 uncirculated U.S. minted quarter encased in plastic along with an unused U.S. postage stamp.

Harpers Ferry Notecard Pack

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From photographer Frank Ceravalo, eight blank note cards printed on recycled paper. Cards measure 3.5"x5". Eight envelopes included. Clockwise from the top right is the view of the town from Maryland Heights, Shenandoah Street, John Brown's Fort, St. John's Ruins, the park bookshop & wagon, Randolph Bridge and canal, Jefferson Rock, & St. Peter's and the park bookshop.

Harpers Ferry Poster 7 Scenes

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Painted in 1990 from artist John Young, this poster shows St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Jefferson’s Rock and the view from it, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park buildings including John Brown’s Fort, and the classic view of the village from Maryland Heights. Measures 24” x 18

Harpers Ferry Under Fire A Border Town in the American Civil War

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Harpers Ferry experienced the Civil War like no other place and was a case study of repeated invasions, military operations, martial law, and endless danger. Journey into the Civil War with stories from those who lived, worked, fought, and died in a border town. This narrative is complemented by full color and black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and maps. Paperback, 200 pages. Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Writer, lecturer, guide, and preservationist, Dennis is a prominent Civil War historian. Dennis has numerous appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E as a guest historian, and he helped produce award-winning television features on the Battle of Antietam and abolitionist John Brown. Dennis served as an Associate Producer for the Civil War movie Gods and Generals, during which he recruited and coordinated nearly 3,000 re-enactors for the film. Dennis also is one of the nation's leading Civil War battlefield preservationists. He is co-founder and first president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and he is co-founder and a former president of today's Civil War Preservation Trust, where he helped save battlefields in twelve states. Dennis is a tour guide in demand, leading tours for organizations such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, numerous colleges and universities, and Civil War Round Tables.

Harpers Ferry experienced the Civil War like no other place and was a case study of repeated invasions, military operations, martial law, and endless danger. Journey into the Civil War with stories from those who lived, worked, fought, and died in a border town. This narrative is complemented by full color and black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and maps. Paperback, 200 pages.Author Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. He is a writer, lecturer, guide, preservationist, and prominent Civil War historian. A well-know author, Dennis has written 77 articles and six books.

HFNHP 75th Anniversary Calendar

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2019 12th month calendar includes historical photos, facts and important dates in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park history, and stunning present day photos. All proceeds from the sale of this calendar benefit the educational, historical, and interpretive programs of HFNHP. 

HFNHP 75th Anniversary Sponsorship

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In June 2019, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will commemorate its 75th Anniversary as a unit in the National Park Service. The commemoration will feature a monthly speaker series and a 3-day event that will combine music, drama, lectures, and special hikes to answer this question for a new generation of park visitors: Why Harpers Ferry? Programs will explore significant events that happened here, why this flood-ravaged, dilapidated town was designated a national park, the efforts it took and archeological discoveries made in restoring the town to its 19th century appearance, and why the story of Harpers Ferry is significant today. Our goal is to create an experience that will connect park visitors to the natural beauty, unique history, and cultural heritage of Harpers Ferry and to inspire present and future generations of park supporters and advocates.  Each tax-deductible sponsorship will be used to directly fund programs for the 75th Commemorative year. Thank you for supporting Harpers Ferry National Historical Park! **Note: When checking out, please indicate in the comment box if you do NOT want your name included in the Commemorative Program. 

HFPA Recycled Tote Bag

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HFPA Tee Small

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Hiking Medallion HFNHP Jefferson

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Historical Sketch of Camp Hill-Wesley Methodist Church Harpers Ferry,West Virginia

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This study examines the orgins and development of the Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church. Published by the Harpers ferry Historical Association in 1996.Paperback, 152 pages
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Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington D.C.

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John Brown's Raid Handbook

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Revised in 2009, this handbook contains the day-by-day narration of Brown’s insurrection, those who were involved, details of the trial, and what happened to John Brown and his men after the raid. Published on the 150th anniversary of the raid, more than a hundred photographs, maps and historic images chronicle the account. Includes suggested reading.  Paperback, 111 pages.

Keychain HFNHP Jefferson

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MAGNET HFPA Logo

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Mennen's Ad Tee

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The faded painting on the face of Maryland Heights was an early 1900s advertisement aimed at passengers on the B&O Railroad, which was a heavily traveled rail line. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, painting advertisements on brick buildings and stone cliffs was very popular. As transportation shifted to roads and automobiles, advertisements moved to billboards and highways. Many local residents believed it to be a “desecration of nature”, so in 1963 volunteers from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club scaled the cliff and attempted to eradicate the ad with paint remover and carbon black. Four years later, the sign was visible once again and has since been left alone.

Mug Harpers Ferry Mix

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8oz mug featuring a mix of iconic Harpers Ferry imagery.

MUG HFPA Electric Blue

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Niagara Movement Commemoration Pin

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Niagara Movement Commemorative Program

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Issued during the August 2006 event on the Storer College campus, this program gives you a history of the formation of the Niagara Movement. Listed is the daily schedule for the three day event along with biographies and colored photographs of the honored guests, speakers and performers. Paperback, 20 pages.

Patch Harpers Ferry Heritage Trail

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Consider awarding your scout troop with this trail patch or just add to your collection. Fusible. Measures 4” x 3 ½”
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Potomac Canal George Washington and the Waterway West

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"The Potomac Canal: George Washington and the Waterway West" is a history of a new nation s first effort to link the rich western agricultural lands with the coastal port cities of the east. The Potomac Canal Company was founded in 1785, and was active until it was overtaken by the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company in 1828. During its operation, the canal system was used to ship flour from mills in the foothills of Appalachia to the tidewater of the Chesapeake, where the flour was shipped to the Caribbean as trade for sugar and other goods. This trade soon became the basis of agricultural wealth in West Virginia s eastern panhandle and throughout the Appalachian Piedmont. Coal was also shipped via the canal system from the upper reaches of the Potomac River to workshops at Harpers Ferry and beyond. This industrial trade route laid the foundation for what would eventually become the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad."

Seed on the Prairie CD

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STICKER HAFE Trio

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STICKER HFPA Logo

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Storer College Pennant

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Replica commemorative pennant flag.

Storer College Seal Pin

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Storer College seal, reproduced from original artwork by Louise Wood Brackett.

Storer College To Emancipate the Mind and Soul

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NEW TITLE! When John Brown came to Harpers Ferry in 1859, organizing a school for enslaved African Americans was illegal. Eight years later, after a bloody Civil War, Storer College did just that—and more. To honor the 150th anniversary of the school’s founding, Harpers Ferry Park Association, in partnership with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, invited park rangers, professors, journalists, and scholars to tell the stories of the teachers, students, and reformers who strove to manifest a new world on the “hill of hope.” This collection reveals tales of courage and conviction, success and defeat, controversy and, above all, hope. 

Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown

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More than two centuries after his birth and almost a century and a half after his death, the legendary life and legacy of John Brown go marching on. Variously deemed martyr, madman, monster, terrorist, and saint, he remains one of the most controversial figures in America's history. Brown's actions in Kansas and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, provided major catalysts for the American Civil War, actions that continue today to evoke commendation or provoke condemnation.

Through the prisms of history, literature, psychology, criminal justice, oral history, African American studies, political science, film studies, and anthropology, Terrible Swift Sword offers insights not only into John Brown's controversial character and motives, but also into the nature of a troubled society before, during, and after the Civil War. The discussions include reasons why Brown's contemporaries supported him, attempts to define Brown using different criteria, analyses of Brown's behavior, his depiction in literature, and examinations of the iconography surrounding him.

The interdisciplinary focus marshalled by editor Peggy A. Russo makes Terrible Swift Sword unique, and this, together with the popular mythology surrounding the legend of John Brown, will appeal to a broad audience of readers interested in this turbulent moment in American history.Paul Finkelman is Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He is the author of many articles and books, including His Soul Goes Marching On: Responses to John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid and the Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference Peggy Russo is an assistant professor of English at the Mont Alto Campus of Pennsylvania State University. She has published in Shakespeare Bulletin, The Southern Literary Journal, Journal of American Culture, Shakespeare and the Classroom, and Civil War Book Review.

The Strange Story of Harper's Ferry with Legends of the Surrounding Country

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Barry brings alive the characters of Harpers Ferry from his first hand accounts from 1840 to 1905. He tells how he lived among the townsfolk and he gives accounts of John Brown's Raid, the Civil War, the floods, and tales of the people who lived them.Paperback, 200 pages

To Purge This Land with Blood

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Nearly one hundred fifty years after his epochal Harpers Ferry raid to free the slaves, John Brown is still one of the most controversial figures in American history. In 1970, Stephen B. Oates wrote what has come to be recognized as the definitive biography of Brown, a balanced assessment that captures the man in all his complexity. The book is now back in print in an updated edition with a new prologue by the author.

Upper Potomac in the Civil War

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The artwork in this book was originally published as one of several sections in "Study in Patriotism, 1861-1865" as part of the DC centennial celebration in 1965. Derived from a 1965 Publication of the District of Columbia Civil War Centennial Commission.Today, the Upper Potomac Valley boasts an idyllic landscape where an indomitable river winds through quaint historic towns, rolling farmlands, and mountain vistas. Between 1859 and 1865, this was a scene of war. Battles, skirmishes, daring raids, and dangerous escapes rattled the usually peaceful region. Great armies, blue and gray, crossed the Potomac River numerous times as war shifted back and forth over this natural boundary that separated the North and South.One hundred years later, Washington, D.C. artist Garnet W. Jex combined his love of history and natural beauty to interpret these events in a stunning collection of fifty-one opaque watercolor paintings. The paintings are presented here in full color to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial and to reveal in vivid detail the dramatic events that unfolded along the banks of the mighty river.Paperback, 56 pagesPublished by the Harpers Ferry HIstorical Associaion

Walker's Guide to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 8th edition

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A comprehensive guidebook to walking tours of Lower Town Harpers Ferry, Virginus Island, Maryland Heights, Loudoun Heights, and much  more. Detailed maps & index. Revised: 09-01-2016 Eighth edition includes map elevations and updates to the Bolivar Heights and Loudon Heights walks.Paperback, 192 pages Author: David T Gilbert

Waterpower Mills, Factories, Machines and Floods at Harpers Ferry, WV 1762-1991

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Read about Hall’s Rifle Works, the U.S. Armory and the mills on Virginius Island. Learn about the machines and equipment in these factories and meet the men and entrepreneurs who ran them. Find out more about the devastation of flooding and unpredictable streamflow that plagued local industry. Many historic photographs and detailed line drawings of machines compliment the text. Paperback, 192 pages.