• 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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Meriwether Lewis

State historical marker in front of the Meriwether Lewis museum.

A state historical marker is across the street from a museum on Meriwether Lewis at Harpers Ferry.

National Park Service

During the spring of 1803, Meriwether Lewis traveled to Harpers Ferry to procure weapons and hardware that would meet the unique requirements of his transcontinental expedition. Among the items he obtained from the United States Armory and Arsenal were 15 rifles, 15 powder horns, 30 bullet molds, 30 ball screws, extra rifle and musket locks, gunsmith's repair tools, several dozen tomahawks, 24 large knives, and a collapsible iron boat frame. [Learn about Meriwether Lewis at Harpers Ferry]

 

Harpers Ferry at the Time of Meriwether Lewis

Harpers Ferry in 1803 was a remote town situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in a gap through the Blue Ridge Mountains. George Washington had advocated establishing an arms manufactory here, arguing that its remote location would protect it from foreign invasion, and that the site afforded an abundance of waterpower. These pictures represent scenes at Harpers Ferry that would probably be familiar to Meriwether Lewis today.

1803 PHOTO GALLERY

Did You Know?

The present day view from Jefferson Rock is still breathtaking.

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."