• 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

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  • Temporary Suspension of Reference Collection Research

    Due to the park archives and research room/library space move, new public research requests will not be filled until at least June 30th, 2014.

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    The park is currently open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last shuttle bus departing Lower Town at 6:45 p.m. More »

For Kids

Explore - Discover - Imagine - Play

Harpers Ferry National Historical park offers a wide choice of experiences for young people. From nature to history, from mountain hikes to river fishing, from ruined villages to quaint shops, from trains to canals, from battlefields to schoolyards, this town captures some of the most moving American stories ever told.

Come churn butter, play lawn crochet, become a soldier, tend a garden, talk to a Union soldier, hear the rattle of muskets, hike to Jefferson Rock, visit Mr. Harper's grave, or stroll through silent ruins; all these await you! Look for the summer schedule of events to discover when activities are scheduled!

 
Reporter on the Scene program image

A "reporter" high-fives the ranger after finishing filming her segment "on the scene" at Harpers Ferry NHP.

(NPS Photo/Flinn Yost)

Summer 2013 Activities

Theatre in the Park

The past is alive in Harpers Ferry! As you travel through the park, stumble upon scenes from Harpers Ferry’s past. Costumed park staff and volunteers present historical vignettes between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wed-Sun. Exact times and location change daily. This is a joint project within the Interpretive Division in the park. Staff from the Education, Living History, and Visitor Services branches are responsible for creating, preparing, and presenting their own amateur theatre productions. Through August 10, 2013.

Reporter on the Scene

This just in…Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is hosting its second season of Reporter on the Scene! On Saturdays and Sundays through August 10th from 11am to 3pm, children are invited to become news correspondents in Harpers Ferry in 1863. We will have a makeup and dressing session to make sure you look your best in period clothing! Act like a reporter with your own camera crew and see yourself as part of a broadcast on YouTube later in the summer (a photo release will need to be signed by a parent or guardian). Coaching for the lines will be provided to ensure a stress-free environment for all reading levels. The question now is, will you become one of our reporters? Through August 10, 2013.

Junior Ranger Days

Become a Junior Ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park! Visit the park Visitor Center or Information Center to receive your Jr. Ranger book and earn a badge! Throughout the summer we will offer special Junior Ranger activities. Activities might include a puppet show, gardening activity, Civil War baseball, or a family friendly hike! Times and activities will change weekly—contact us at 304-535-6266 or check the park Facebook page for the weekly schedule.

Did You Know?

The Harpers Ferry Brochure was produced by the design center.

The National Park Service brochures are designed and produced at the Harpers Ferry Interpretive Design Center located in Harpers Ferry.