Map and Guide to the Lower Town
National Park Service
Trail Information. Sidewalks and crushed stone foot-paths. Beware of cobblestone gutters. The climb up the Stone Steps to the Harper House and Jefferson Rock is moderately strenuous. Watch for traffic on all roadways.
- Information Center Start your visit here with an orientation to park stories and information.
- Restoration Museum Explore "layers" of history and discover how a building changes over time.
- Frankel's Clothing Store This exhibit reveals a revolution in the clothing industry tied to machines and advanced by war.
- Industry Museum Transportation improvements and industrial innovations gave rise to Harpers Ferry. Original machines feature weapons production technology.
- National Park Bookshop Stop here for a fine selection of books, videos and gifts of local and national interest. [Visit the National Park Bookshop].
- Blacksmith Shop Experience some of the sights, sounds and stories of a 19th century working-class town. (Open seasonally).
- Hamilton Street Building foundations and photos mark the sites of a pre-Civil War riverside neighborhood.
- Harpers Ferry: A Place In Time Explore the growth of the town from past to present. (Video program).
- Provost Marshal Office Learn about the Provost Marshal who served as judge, jailer and, if need be, executioner.
- Mrs. Stipes Boarding House Visit the widow Cornelia Stipes' boarding house during the Civil War. Rooms occupied by war correspondent James Taylor and a military officer are located on the second floor.
- Dry Goods Store Clothes, hardware, liquor, groceries and other merchandise that arrived daily by railroad and canal in the 19th century are on display.
- Arsenal Square Arms produced at the Harpers Ferry Armory were stored in two brick buildings here - the Small Arsenal and Large Arsenal.
- John Brown's Fort Originally the Armory's fire enginehouse and watchman's office, John Brown barricaded himself here during the final moments of his raid. [Learn more about John Brown's Fort].
- The Point View the gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains as you stand at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. [Learn more about The Point].
- John Brown Museum Explore the story of John Brown and the struggle over slavery. (Video program).
- Allies For Freedom Learn about the five African-American raiders who joined John Brown. (Located on the second floor of the John Brown Museum).
- Harpers Ferry Wetlands Discover the history and nature of this special resource along the bottomland of the Shenandoah River.
- Education & The Struggle For Equality Find out about one of the first schools in the New South for former slaves, and learn about the struggle for equality in the 20th century.
- Alfred Burton Jewlery Store This frame building, reconstructed from original historic fabric, displays the wares and tools of this local businessman.
- Confectionery Learn a tragic story of a family touched by war.
- Civil War Museum Discover the twists and turns of four years of civil war in Harpers Ferry.
- Black Voices Listen to human stories of struggle and triumph.
- Harper House This is the oldest surviving building in Harpers Ferry. The lower level, halfway up the Stone Steps, exhibits an armory worker's apartment.
- Jefferson Rock Here in 1783, Thomas Jefferson described this view as "worth a voyage across the Atlantic." [Read Jefferson's entire description].