• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

Frequently Asked Questions

Meriwether Lewis at Harpers Ferry.

Harpers Ferry Armory provided supplies to the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1803.

NPS photo

What does the sign on Maryland Heights say?
Painted around 1903-06, the sign reads Mennen's Borated Talcum Toilet Powder. See this handout (pdf) for more information.

What was the highest flood?
The highest flood was in March 1936. Floodwaters crested at 36.5' destroying all bridges across the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers at Harpers Ferry.

When did Storer College close?
Storer College graduated its last class in 1955.

When did West Virginia become a state?
West Virginia was admitted to the Union as the 35th state on June 20, 1863.

When did Harpers Ferry become a national park?
Harpers Ferry became a Harpers Ferry National Monument on June 30, 1944 and an act of Congress changed the name from Monument to National Historical Park on May 29, 1963.

In what state is Harpers Ferry located?
Harpers Ferry's administrative offices are located in West Virginia, but the park consists of land in West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland.

Where is John Brown buried?
John Brown is buried on the Brown Farm in North Elba, New York, near Lake Placid.

What two rivers and three states meet near Harpers Ferry?
Harpers Ferry is located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. Three states - West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland - meet in the area.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation creating Harpers Ferry National Monument on June 29, 1944.