• Interior of the John Brown Fort

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

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  • Temporary Suspension of Reference Collection Research

    Due to the park archives and research room/library space move, new public research requests will not be filled until at least May 30th, 2014.

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    The park is currently open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last shuttle bus departing Lower Town at 5:45 p.m. More »

Wildflowers

When wildflowers are in bloom, nothing could be more beautiful than the scenery found at the park. With such colorful species as woodland sunflowers (Helianthus strumosus), bird-foot violets (Viola pedata), and Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), visitors cannot help but be overwhelmed by the natural beauty surrounding them in the forest. Along the banks of the Potomac and ShenandoahRivers, a different group of wildflowers can be enjoyed, including monkeyflower (Mimulus ringens), wide-leaved joe-pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum), and the New England aster (Aster novae-angliae). Whether a botanist, nature-lover, or historian, no one can deny the beauty of Harpers Ferry's wildflowers.

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.