• 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

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?

Photo of the National League of Colored Women at the John Brown Fort.

On July 14, 1896, during their first National Convention, the National League of Colored Women visited the John Brown Fort. They were the first group known to make such a pilgrimage to this site.