Trails Less Traveled: Murphy Farm

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Cannons on Murphy-Chambers Farm

The Murphy Farm has been farmed since before the Civil War. The relatively flat farm loop contains the former site of John Brown’s Fort, a pilgrimage point for early Civil Rights activists; a dazzling view of the Shenandoah Valley; and markers and cannons commemorating General A.P. Hill’s staging during the Sept. 15, 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. A trail detour, which is more rolling and rocky, will take us to earthworks that are part of Philip Sheridan’s extensive fortifications around Bolivar Heights.

Our hike leader is Jim Silvia, a Certified Tour Guide in Harpers Ferry who has led Civil War to Civil Rights tours on the Murphy Farm for several years. He owns an 1840-era home in Bolivar built to house an armory worker. 

1.5 to 3 miles, depending on weather and trail conditions, rated MODERATELY EASY, with half the hike on dirt farm path and up to 1.5 miles on trails in wooded ravines. Meet on the plaza in front of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center, 171 Shoreline Drive.

($10 Donation Per Person)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are limited spaces available. Registration is required. We also require masks and social distancing measures to keep our guides and visitors safe.

Saturday, January 30th, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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