Events

2022 HFPA Sponsored Events
 

Last Sunday of the Month | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Maybe you’re a book lover looking to meet fellow book lovers. Maybe you’re not reading as much as you’d like and want to encourage yourself to pick up a book more often. Or maybe you have an interest in history and want to expand your understanding of how different themes fit into the story of Harpers Ferry.
 
The HFPA book club is a reading group, consisting of ten to fifteen association members per month, where we will read and talk about books based on the monthly NPS servicewide messaging themes which are designed to engage parks, NPS programs, partners, and the public across the country in shared messages which highlight the remarkable places and stories across the country. Each month's title will highlight the monthly NPS theme and a Harpers Ferry NHP theme, and the monthly meeting and discussion will focus on how the title relates to the stories that all collide in Harpers Ferry and the story of Harpers Ferry itself.
 
Join us for a new book every month!


Sunday, June 5, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
($10 Donation per Person, Open to Public, Limit 15 Participants, Registration Required)
 
Join us for a guided hike filled with nature and history.
 
Abe Lincoln wanted to inspect the stone fort on top of Maryland Heights but wasn’t able to make it all the way up…can you? We’ll pass three Union gun emplacements and some beautiful overlooks before reaching the fort at the top of Maryland Heights. Along the way we’ll see osprey and bald eagle nests and other native (and some exotic) species. 
 
Come prepared with proper footwear, plenty of water, and a lunch or snack to eat at the top. This hike is 7+ miles, rated Difficult/Strenuous, has a 1000ft elevation gain, and steep walking on dirt roads and trails. Meet at the Point in Lower Town, Harpers Ferry.


Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
($10 Donation per Person, Open to Public, Limit 20 Participants, Registration Required)
 
Join host and Walker's Guide author David Gilbert as we hike from C&O Canal Lock 31 up to Weverton Cliffs on the Appalachian Trail.
 
See first-hand the three 19th century routes to Harpers Ferry that passed right through Weverton: the Harpers Ferry & Frederick Turnpike, C&O Canal, and B&O Railroad. Learn about Casper Wever and his big plans for water-powered industry here. And finally, climb the steep slopes of South Mountain to Weverton Cliffs for a stunning view of the Potomac River as it winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
 
This hike is approximately 3 hours round-trip with a steep climb up to Weverton Cliffs.


Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
($10 Donation per Person, Open to Public, Registration Required)
 
Harpers Ferry NHP has its share of historical monuments. Three of them are controversial, one of them very much so. Taken together, they tell a story of how John Broun has been both embraced and rejected over time. They also tell a story of racial politics in the United States of America.
 
This illustrated program delves into the stories behind the monuments and some of the people who have desired to put them up and take them down.
 
This will be stationary talk.


Saturday, July 23, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
($10 Donation per Person, Open to Public, Limit 20 Participants, Registration Required)
 
We’ll walk along the Armory Canal Trail to visit the remains of Dam 3 on the Potomac. Along the way we’ll discover some history and learn about the BARK Ranger program and areas open to pets in Harpers Ferry. At the end of the hike, participants may choose to have their dogs sworn in as official BARK Rangers.  
 
Please come prepared with a leash, dog waste bags, proper footwear, water, and any other necessities for hiking comfort and safety. Dogs that do well around other dogs and groups of people are welcome on this hike. 
 
This hike is approximately 3 miles, rated EASY, and will be flat walking on dirt or grass roads and trails. Meet at the Point in Lower Town, Harpers Ferry.


Trails Less Traveled | Paw Paw Hike
Saturday, September 17, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
($10 Donation per Person, Open to Public, Limit 15 Participants, Registration Coming Soon)

Join us for a guided hike to find Pawpaws at Harpers Ferry. Pawpaws are the largest native fruit in North America and were a favorite of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
 
Join us in finding and sampling some Pawpaws at Harpers Ferry. This hike will introduce you to the Pawpaw and enable you to find them elsewhere in the park and beyond.
 
The hike leader is volunteer Dave Cahan. Dave hikes the park’s 25 miles of trails frequently and is familiar with the historic and natural features of each.
 
This hike is approximately 2 miles, rated Easy to Moderate, and has a 100ft elevation gain with areas of uneven rocky and muddy footing. Long pants are recommended due to poison ivy in the area. Meet at The Point in Lower Town, Harpers Ferry.
 
*Hike location and difficulty may change depending on the availability of Paw Paws near the date of the program.


Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 8 p.m. | Lower Town, Harpers Ferry
($10 Donation per Person, Open to Public, Limit 30 Participants, Registration Required)

Irish immigrant Joseph Barry could be called the Forrest Gump of 19th-century Harpers Ferry. In his book The Strange Story of Harpers Ferry, first published in 1903, he gives first-person accounts of John Brown’s Raid, the Civil War, and historic floods. This lantern tour will relay some of his most colorful, tragic, and strange tales. 
 
Hike leader Cathy Baldau is the executive director of the Harper Ferry Park Association. In her previous position as publications specialist, she edited and managed production of eight books on the history of Harpers Ferry.
 
Short walk along uneven sidewalks, grass, and paths. Park and meet at the Train Station. (Note: allow extra time to park in case the Train Station lot is full. October evenings are busy in Harpers Ferry.) Bring a flashlight or lantern.


Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
($10 Donation per Person, Open to Public, Limited Spaces, Registration Required)

This presentation will look at the 36 hours of the raid, and dissect the movements of all 21 raiders and John Brown during the day and a half. Participants will gain a new perspective on the complexity of the original plan. Then, as the hours tick away, we’ll start to see the sphere of operation extend far beyond just the engine house that is so often depicted in books, films and stories.


Puzzle Palooza Game Night
Sunday, November 6, 2022 | Time TBD | Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry-Charles Town
($80 for team of four; $25 per person)
 
Welcome to the game of competitive jigsaw puzzles!
 
Teams of four race to complete a jigsaw puzzle. Worried another crew is moving too fast? Slow them down with a hilarious challenge: have them try assembling pieces with oven mitts or another obstacle!
 
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, to ensure we have sufficient puzzles on hand. Don’t have a team of four? Register by yourself and we’ll match you with other players.


Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
($10 Donation per Person, Open to Public, Limit 30 Participants, Registration Required)
 
This tour de-constructs the current infrastructure and reimagines the 1820s or 1830s town streets. Including Church Street, Potomac Street – both the Armory infrastructure and the town side, The Point with transportation, and Shenandoah Street. It is easy to see what is there today, but difficult to see the path less traveled while we are on the most traveled paths.
 
This walking tour is approximately 1 mile with some inclines (up to the St Peter’s Church at the highest point) on regular graded streets and paths. Meet at the John Brown Obelisk on the Railroad embankment.


Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
($10 Donation per Person, Open to Public, Limited Spaces, Registration Required)
 
Harpers Ferry has a varied history of connections to chief executives before, during and after their terms in office. Some of them had a significant impact on the town and its rich history, whether they came to Harpers Ferry for business or pleasure, or never even visited at all!
 
This will be a stationary talk.
 
 
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For a complete list of 2022 HFNHP Ranger Programs and Events, please visit the parks calendar here.