• 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

Animals

Northern Copperhead

Northern copperhead

Photo courtesy John White, Virginia Herpetological Society

The park is home to approximately 14 amphibian, 18 reptile, 36 mammal, 30 spider, 43 fish, 174 bird, and 276 insect species. Among these are the southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans), the northern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix), and the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Currently, the park is conducting surveys to obtain an up-to-date inventory of animal species found in the park.

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.