Temporary Suspension of Reference Collection Research
Due to preservation and maintenance work scheduled for the park archives and research room/library space, new public research requests will not be filled from June 1st to at least January 30th, 2014.
Change in Park Hours
Beginning November 1, the park will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last shuttle bus departing Lower Town at 5:15 p.m. More »
John Brown 150th Commemoration
(Harpers Ferry, West Virginia)--Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the 150th Quad-State Committee, from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, are planning and coordinating a range of commemoration events. Officials say events include dramatic productions, exhibits, academic lectures, special tours and much more.
Links to additional information:
John Brown Remembered: An Educational Symposium
Planning Your Visit:
Visitors must park at the Cavalier Heights Visitor Center parking areas and board shuttle buses to the event. The National Park Service expects this to be a busy event, so plan to arrive early and allow for transportation time to reach the event. Parking is on a first come, first serve basis and when the lots are full, parking will be closed until spaces open up.
Maximum crowds are expected for this event. We ask your patience when arriving and leaving the event.
Only small lap-sized coolers are allowed on buses, lawn chairs are not permitted.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park at any time.
It is primarily an outdoor venue and will be held rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather.
Commemorative items, books and music will be sold at the Harpers Ferry Historical Association’s Sales Tent and in the bookshop.
This is a fee free event.
All media personnel will need to have a PRESS ID to gain access for coverage of the event.
Schedule of Events: (This schedule of events is subject to change.)
Friday, October 16
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Book Signings (Author Tent)
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. John Brown as Art (Family & Youth Tent)
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Living History Programs (Arsenal Square)
6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m. West Virginia John Brown Sesquicentennial Film Discussion (John Brown Museum)
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. John Brown’s Body (Shenandoah Stage)
8:00 p.m. “Proceed to the Ferry” (offsite at Kennedy Farm)
9:00 p.m. “The Eve of the Raid” (Ranger Programs Sign)
10:00 – 10:30 p.m. “Proceed to the Ferry” (Arsenal Square)
Saturday, October 17
10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Living History Programs (Arsenal Square)
10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. John Brown Creative Activities (Family & Youth Tent: Look here for great activities)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Book Signings (Author Tent)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. USPS Cancellation Station (Near Author Tent)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. In the Footsteps of John Brown (Ranger Programs Sign)
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. “The Centennial of John Brown’s Raid”(Author Tent)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “John Brown: An Address by Frederick Douglass” (Shenandoah Stage)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Premier of John Brown Travelogue (John Brown Museum; Allies For Freedom)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. “Reacting to John Brown’s Raid” (Arsenal Square)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.“John Brown’s Family Values” (Shenandoah Stage)
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.U.S. Marine Band Concert (Arsenal Square)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.“Reacting to John Brown’s Raid” (Arsenal Square)
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. “Tattered Souls” (Shenandoah Stage)
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. In the Footsteps of John Brown (Ranger Program Sign)
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.U.S. Marine Band Concert (Arsenal Square)
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.“Sword of the Spirit” (Shenandoah Stage)
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. “John Brown: ‘A Caged Tiger’”(Ranger Programs Sign)
Sunday, October 18
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Walk of the Descendants (Ranger Programs Sign)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Living History Programs (Arsenal Square)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Book Signings (Author Tent)
10:00 – 6:00 p.m. John Brown Creative Activities (Family & Youth Tent: See inset for great activities)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. “The Final Assault” (Arsenal Square)
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. “John Brown’s Place in History” (Author Tent)
11:00 – 12:00 noon “At All Times Ready” (John Brown Fort)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In the Footsteps of John Brown (Ranger Programs Sign)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. John Brown Travelogue (John Brown Museum)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. “John Brown’s Body’’ by Stephen Vincent Benet (Shenandoah Stage) Commemorative readings from the Pulitzer Prize-winning work, featuring former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, special guest readers, and music by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. “At All Times Ready” (John Brown Fort)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Address (Shenandoah Stage)
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. “John Brown and the Women in his Life” (Author Tent)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Procession and Wreath Laying at Engine House for USMC Pvt. Luke Quinn (John Brown Fort) Featuring Lt. General G.R. Christmas, USMC Ret., President and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. U.S. Marine Corps Historical Company
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Music of Sword of the Spirit (Shenandoah Stage)
Did You Know?
Thomas Jefferson visited Harpers Ferry in 1783 and wrote "The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature."