• 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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  • Change in Park Hours

    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 »

  • Murphy Farm Closure Sept 2-4, 2014

    The Murphy Farm will be closed to public access Sept. 2-4, 2014 to allow application of fertilizer to the hayfields. For further information please click on the "More" link or contact the park’s Resource Management Specialist at 304-535-6038. More »

Suggested Reading

Park-created materials

Education Materials Packet - This materials packet includes an overview of the significance of Harpers Ferry, timelines relating to John Brown and the Civil War, and primary source documents such as Charles Town money and Provost Marshal passes from the Civil War era.
Links to full-text books online

• John Brown titles

De Witt, Robert M. The life, trial and conviction of Captain John Brown, known as "Old Brown of Ossawatomie," with a full account of the attempted insurrection at Harper's Ferry. New York: Robert M. De Witt, 1859.

Du Bois, W.E.B. John Brown. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Company, 1909.

Hinton, Richard J. John Brown and his men: with some account of the roads they traveled to reach Harper's Ferry. New York: Funk & Wagnells Company, 1894.

Redpath, James. The public life of Capt. John Brown, with an autobiography of his childhood and youth. Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860.

Sanborn, F.B. The life and letters of John Brown, liberator of Kansas, and martyr of Virginia. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1885.

U.S. Senate. Select Committee on the Harper's Ferry Invasion. Report [of] the Select committee of the Senate appointed to inquire into the late invasion and seizure of the public property at Harper's Ferry. Washington: s.n., 1860.

Villard, Oswald Garrison. John Brown: 1800-1859, a biography fifty years after. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1910.

Did You Know?

Today the John Brown Fort is across the street from its original location.

John Brown's Fort has been moved 4 times: in 1891 to Chicago to the World's Columbian Exposition, in 1895 to the Murphy Farm near Harpers Ferry, in 1909 to Storer College Campus and in 1968 to its present location.