Rick Snowden

Certified 2021


Rick’s a child of the Potomac Valley. His earliest memories are of Harpers Ferry.

His love of local history began at his Aunt Naomi’s table, listening to stories like the one where Uncle John was recruited into the army at Harpers Ferry and how he was shot in the tin cup at the battle of first Manassass. When Rick read what his aunt had told him in Dennis Frye’s 2nd Virginia Infantry, he was hooked.

Rick spent 17 years as an educational course leader for World Strides, leading tours of Washington DC with eighth grade students and their teachers. He retired in June 2019. To keep the passion for local history going, he became a Harpers Ferry Park Guide. To continue the learning experience he belongs to the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table, contributes to the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, has served on the Board of Directors of The Friends of Charles Washington’s Happy Retreat, is a member of the Adam Stephens Camp, Sons of the American Revolution, and volunteers regularly at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. He and Athena, his wife of 48 years, live to garden on a plot of land in Hedgesville,WV.