Published on February 19, 2016

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This park interprets the broad history of Harpers Ferry as a river town, as the site of John Brown’s 1859 raid, and as a battlefield area during  the course of the Civil War.

Most well known for being the location of John Brown’s raid in 1859, Harpers Ferry provides a wonderfully preserved park and town for all in the family to enjoy.  Col. Robert E. Lee, US Army, led a regiment of Marines on Brown and his men who had been cornered into a small armory building in the town.  Following a brief fight, in which none of the assaulting Marines were hurt, Brown and his men were captured and transported to nearby Charles Town in what is now West Virginia. Through out the course of the Civil War, Harpers Ferry was a vital position for both the Union and Confederate armies.


Always Open

Tour Information:

Guided and Group Tours available

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:

Free except for special events


Harpers Ferry, WV 25441