Harpers Ferry

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

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 including detailed maps & index. Revised September 2016, the eighth edition includes map elevations and updates to the Bolivar Heights and Loudon Heights walks.Paperback, 192 pages Author: David T Gilbert
Harpers Ferry Under Fire A Border Town in the American Civil War

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

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

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

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Published by the Harpers Ferry Park 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 Bill of Fare Collection of Recipes by the HFHA

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.
John Brown's Raid Handbook

John Brown's Raid Handbook

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Revised in 2017, 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.
"To Emancipate the Mind and Soul": Storer College 1867-1955

"To Emancipate the Mind and Soul": Storer College 1867-1955

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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. Paperback, 176 pages.  
Keychain HFNHP Jefferson

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

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.
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"So Much to Say": The Civil War Letters of Corporal Robert Bradbury, Battery D, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery

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When Robert Bradbury enlisted in the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery in August 1862 he held strong convictions to do whatever he could to support the Union War effort. This series of twenty-nine letters chronicles not only Bradbury's wartime experience from the Virginia Peninsula to the Shenandoah Valley, but presents his thoughts on the war, politics, and the home front.

75th Commemorative Program

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Battle of South Mountain

Battle of South Mountain

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Join historian John Hoptak as he narrates the critical Battle of South Mountain, long overshadowed by the Battle of Antietam.


In September 1862, Robert E. Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia north of the Potomac River for the time as part of his Northern invasion, seeking a quick end to the war. Lee divided his army in three, sending General James Longstreet north to Hagerstown and Stonewall Jackson south to Harper's Ferry. It was at three mountain passes, referred to as South Mountain, that Lee's army met the Federal forces commanded by General George B. McClellan on September 14. In a fierce day-long battle spread out across miles of rugged, mountainous terrain, McClellan defeated Lee but the Confederates did tie up the Federals long enough to allow Jackson's conquest of Harper's Ferry.

Bookmark Harpers Ferry Park Vertical

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Bookmark John Brown at Harpers Ferry Horizontal

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C&O Canal Marker Harpers Ferry Mile 60 GRANDE

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

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.  
Civil War Songs and Stories Untold CD

Civil War Songs and Stories Untold CD

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Color Harpers Ferry

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Color a visit to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park with these 25 scenes hand drawn by one of the park's very own volunteer artists. Discover historic places, wildlife, amazing views, and fun facts about this national park. 
Confluence: Harpers Ferry As Destiny

Confluence: Harpers Ferry As Destiny

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One place. Countless stories. Harpers Ferry has long been a gathering point of the American story. From explorers and innovators to warriors and reformers, passionate souls with wildly diverse causes have flowed again and again into this tiny village, shaping the town--and, in many cases, the country.Focusing on personal, human experiences recorded in journals, letters, and other documents, Confluence: Harpers Ferry as Destiny offers a view of Harpers Ferry history that is both sweeping and intimate. Come: Discover the national dramas that have converged at Harpers Ferry. Slavery and the quest for freedom. War, expansion, and revolution. Natural disaster upon natural disaster, and the enduring human spirit that has refused to relinquish hope.Published in honor of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park’s 75th anniversary, Confluence also includes perspective on the rebirth of this war- and flood-ravaged town as a national park. Under the stewardship of NPS, Harpers Ferry has continued to evolve, continued to reveal new stories. Paperback, 225 pages. 
Dawn of Innovation The First American Industrial Revolution

Dawn of Innovation The First American Industrial Revolution

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In the thirty years after the Civil War, the United States blew by Great Britain to become the greatest economic power in world history. That is a well-known period in history, when titans like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J.P. Morgan walked the earth.

But as Charles R. Morris shows us, the platform for that spectacular growth spurt was built in the first half of the century. By the 1820s, America was already the world's most productive manufacturer, and the most intensely commercialized society in history. The War of 1812 jumpstarted the great New England cotton mills, the iron centers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and the forges around the Great Lakes. In the decade after the War, the Midwest was opened by entrepreneurs. In this beautifully illustrated book, Morris paints a vivid panorama of a new nation buzzing with the work of creation. He also points out the parallels and differences in the nineteenth century American/British standoff and that between China and America today.

Echoes from a Pioneer Life

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.
Harpers Ferry A Crossroads in Time

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 Armory and the New Technology The Challenge of Change

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 Films

Harpers Ferry Films

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Lapel Pin - T. Jefferson

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

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

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

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

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

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 Token

Harpers Ferry Token

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Harpers Ferry WV 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 18'x24' Town View

Harpers Ferry WV 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 18'x24' Town View

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HFPA Tote

HFPA Tote

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HFPA Washable Tote Bag

HFPA Washable Tote Bag

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Hiking Medallion HFNHP Jefferson

Hiking Medallion HFNHP Jefferson

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

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
Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington D.C.

Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington D.C.

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Images of America: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Images of America: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a jewel of America's National Park Service. Established by legislation and signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1944, today the park encompasses thousands of acres spanning three states as well as the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. While the town was ravaged by repeated floods and war, it rose like a phoenix from the ashes. As a Civil War soldier presciently wrote, "In future years travelers and tourists will eagerly resort [here] . . . and history will point out [this] spot where many acts of the great tragedy, not yet closed, took place." This book chronicles the creation and development of the national park in Harpers Ferry, a park that now affords hundreds of thousands of visitors each year the opportunity to marvel at the same scenery Thomas Jefferson said was worth a voyage across the Atlantic to see and to be able to walk the old streets where so many major acts of American history took place.
Jefferson's View Ornament

Jefferson's View Ornament

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Made in the USA, this procelain ornament is ready to hang. Pictured is the view of The Gap seen from Jefferson's Rock. Measures 2.25" x 3.25".
MAGNET Car HAFE

MAGNET Car HAFE

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Magnet FORT Harpers Ferry, WV

Magnet FORT Harpers Ferry, WV

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MAGNET Harpers Ferry Collage

MAGNET Harpers Ferry Collage

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Magnet HFNHP Jefferson

Magnet HFNHP Jefferson

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MAGNET HFPA Logo

MAGNET HFPA Logo

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Magnet Maryland Heights View Panoramic

Magnet Maryland Heights View Panoramic

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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.
Mortar and Pestle

Mortar and Pestle

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Dive into the history of Dr. Harry Schrader, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and treasures from apothecaries past. 
Mug Harpers Ferry Mix

Mug Harpers Ferry Mix

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8oz mug featuring a mix of iconic Harpers Ferry imagery.
MUG LATTE Retro Ranger Pumpernickel

MUG LATTE Retro Ranger Pumpernickel

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