September Membership Weekend

Come back to the Ferry September 17 to 19 and help us celebrate 50 years of supporting Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. We hope that our members will join us during this event and participate in the following activities.

Most events have limited space, require pre-registration, and are for members only. Register early by clicking this link or visiting You can also mail us the included form or call us at 304-535-6881. Deadline to RSVP is September 1st. Not a member, but see a program you’d love to attend? Become a member here.

***Schedule subject to change.

Friday, September 17
Fireside Ranger Talk: Crossroads of Fire: the Allstadt Farm and Harpers Ferry
8:00 to 10:00 pm | 227 Allstadts Hill Road, Harpers Ferry (on-site parking available)
(Members only, registration required, limited to 30 participants) 

Park Ranger George Best relates the story of the property, the people who lived there, and how the history of Harpers Ferry unfolded around them. Ranger Best has worked at Harpers Ferry for eleven years in a variety of roles, though mostly as an interpretive park ranger. He is fascinated by the many interwoven layers of history at the Ferry and enjoys helping park visitors understand it all.

S’mores and water provided! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. 

Saturday, September 18

Begin your day with coffee and pastries in the Bookshop. Enjoy 20% off HFPA products and publications.
Meriweather Lewis at Harpers Ferry Tour
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. | Led by David Fox
(Members only, registration required, limited to 75 participants)
Why was Harpers Ferry so important in the origin story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition? This tour reveals the vital roles the Harpers Ferry Armory and Arsenal played in preparing Lewis and the Corp of Discovery for success and survival. 
1/4 mile in Lower Town; includes steps, not accessible.
Walking Tour of Charles Town
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(Members only, registration required, limited to 20 participants)
What happened after the marines stormed the fire engine house and captured John Brown? Hope did Brown’s time in Charles Town change the course of history? This 90-minute walking tour will take you to significant sites in the final days of John Brown’s story, including the site of the Charles Town jailhouse, the Courthouse where Brown was tried, and the hanging site. 
Park and meet at Happy Retreat, 600 Mordington Avenue, Charles Town, WV. 

Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic
3 p.m. | Happy Retreat, 600 Mordington Ave, Charles Town, WV 25414
($20 per person, registration with lunch choice required)
Join us at Happy Retreat, the historic home of Charles Washington, for our 50th annual membership meeting. Enjoy a catered picnic on the beautiful grounds of the property, followed by a brief annual report, member recognition, and a talk by Historian Doug Perks on the significant connections between the Washingtons and Harpers Ferry. As a highlight, Todd Coyle will greet us as Charles Washington. 
Sunday, September 19
Pawpaw Hike
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Led by Dave Cahan
(members only, registration required, limited to 15 hikers)
Join us for a guided hike to find Pawpaws at Harpers Ferry. Pawpaws are the largest native fruit in North American and were a favorite of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. This hike will introduce you to the Pawpaw and enable you to find them elsewhere in the Park and beyond as we find and sample some of the Pawpaws. 
Hike leader, Dave Cahan, is a volunteer who hikes the park’s 25 miles of trails frequently and is familiar with its historic and natural features.
Approximately 2 miles, rated Easy to Moderate. 100ft elevation gain with areas of uneven rocky and muddy footing. Long pants recommended due to poison ivy in the area. Meet at the Point in Lower Town.*
*Alternative: if Pawpaws in Lower Town are already picked we’ll go to Bolivar Heights. Approximately 2.5 miles, rated Moderate. 300ft elevation gain with areas of uneven rocky and muddy footing. Long pants recommended due to poison ivy in the area. Meet at the Bolivar Heights parking area. 
Pints for Non-Profits @ Harpers Ferry Brewing
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. | 37412 Adventure Center Ln, Purcellville, VA 20132
(Open to public)

Wind down the weekend with a brew and a fabulous view! Join us at Harpers Ferry Brewing to relax, socialize, and talk about this place we love. Bonus: for every pint purchased, HFB will donate a dollar to the Association!