• 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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  • Change in Park Hours

    The park is currently open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last shuttle bus departing Lower Town at 6:45 p.m. More »

  • Murphy Farm Closure Sept 2-4, 2014

    The Murphy Farm will be closed to public access Sept. 2-4, 2014 to allow application of fertilizer to the hayfields. For further information please click on the "More" link or contact the park’s Resource Management Specialist at 304-535-6038. More »

Development Threatens Park Experience

View from Murphy Farm

Unspoiled scenic view of the Shenandoah River from the Murphy Farm Trail.

National Park Service

On March 13, 2007 The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) named Harpers Ferry National Historical Park among its list of America’s Most Endangered Battlefields. Developers are proposing to build 2,000,000 square feet of office space and other buildings on private land known as Old Standard in the core of historic properties the park protects.

Harpers Ferry Park Superintendent said, “It is sad to know that Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is on America’s Most Endangered Battlefields list; however the endangered listing will help focus attention on whatever can be done to preserve the integrity of the park.”

Protecting Harpers Ferry: One of the Nation's Ten Most Endangered Civil War Battlefields

If you wish to comment to the park on this issue, please e-mail here or send a letter to: Superintendent, Harpers Ferry NHP, P.O. Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Protecting Historic Harpers Ferry Landscapes: Historians Speak

National Park Service letter to Jefferson County Planning Commission

 
area of proposed development
View from Murphy Farm Trail showing location of proposed development project.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
 

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may
begin to use it with love and respect.
--Aldo Leopold
Maps

Park Land and Proposed Development Project

 

Links

Civil War Preservation Trust

National Parks Conservation Association
Press Release: April 2, 2007 Press Release: March 13, 2007

 

Did You Know?

Robert Harper was granted an exclusive ferry concession in 1861.

Robert Harper operated a ferry across the Potomac River in 1747. His heirs, the Wagers, maintained the operation until 1824 when a bridge was built across the Potomac.