2019 HFPA Sponsored Events


"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" Experience a Historic Bread and Baked Goods Sale

Saturday April 20 | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Lower Town, Masonry Bee Hive Oven at Roeders Tavern
Description: Bread, called the "staff of life", was made locally by bakers and Confectioners, like German immigrant Frederick Roeder. Visitors are welcome to purchase (first come first served) fresh baked sour dough, leaven rolls or street corner goods, doughnuts, large soft pretzels and more, all baked in a large masonry “bee hive oven”.
Bread baking was well-established in the town by 1809, when Harpers Ferry boating merchant John Wagner Jr. began a flour shipping business from Harpers Ferry mills into the federal city 60 miles away. Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County Virginia, was part of the early republic breadbasket that fed the bigger cities with local grain and flour. Local flour production and bread on the table proved the town on two rivers was no longer the frontier, but civilized. The citizens no longer needed to hunt, kill or gather to achieve each meal. At its height, 20,000 barrels of flour were staged along the Shenandoah River for shipping.
By mid-century, in addition to a daily bread, most households per month could achieve this array of baked goods, from hard and soft wheat, today’s equivalent of all purpose flour; “34 loaves of bread, 17-6 quart pans of doughnuts, 17 messes of biscuits, 94 pies, 7 loaf cakes, 1 ½ dozen tart crusts, 3 dozen gingersnaps, and one mess of pancakes.”

"City Farming: Food in the Backyard” Kitchen Garden Plants and Livestock in Antebellum Harpers Ferry

Saturday-Sunday May 11 - 12 | 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Lower Town 
Description: Purchase heirloom vegetables and seeds from the Bookshop to start your own kitchen garden. See dung hill fowl in action. This program offers 19th century examples of organic foods that can help mitigate climate change with little need of fossil fuels to grow, fertilize, kill pests, or transport to market.

18th Annual Don Redman Jazz Heritage Awards and Concert

June 29 | 7 p.m. | Lower Town
Description: The event and concert commemorate Don Redman, the internationally acclaimed and influential 1920 graduate of Storer College, and honor living legends of jazz. The concert features special guests and the 2018 Honorees, Gary Bartz and Jon Faddis, along with the Howard Burns Quartet. The program will also feature music by the 2018 Don Redman Next Generation Jazz Scholars.

Slave Dwelling Project

August 17 | 8:00 p.m. | 227 Allstadts Hill Rd
Description: Join Joseph McGill, founder of the non-profit Slave Dwelling Project, for a public talk about the preservation of extant slave dwellings and his work to “to bring historians, students, faculty, writers, legislators, organizations, corporations, artists and the general public together to educate, collaborate and organize resources to save these important collectibles of our American history.”
The park will also host a fireside chat and overnight experience with Joseph McGill, founder of the non-profit Slave Dwelling Project. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for the overnight experience, register at:
For a complete list of 2019 HFNHP Events, please visit the parks event page here.