• 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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Archived News Releases

2009 Draft Environmental Assessment - Gypsy Moth Suppression Program (large file)

2013 Press Releases

The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of West Virginia - June 22
Women's History Month Program presents Necessity the Mother of Invention - March 23 & 24
"Knitting A La Mode" - 19th Century Techniques for 21st Century Knitters workshop - March 23 & 24
Industrial History: As American As Apple Pie - March 9


2012 Press Releases

Capt. Flagg's U.S. Quartermaster City: Prospects of Peace - December 1-2
FLATFOOT, FIDDLE, & BANJO WEEKEND: 19th century traditions for 21st century Dancers and Musicians
- November 10-11
Drink Your Apples! Roeder's Tavern Cider-Making, 1860
- November 3-4
Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry - October 6
1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry: Prelude to Freedom - September 13-16
Remembering the Niagara Movement: A Pilgrimage to John Brown's Fort - August 19
Giving Aid and Comfort: Medical and Relief Work During the Civil War - August 11-12
Under Fire: The Battle of Harpers Ferry 1862
- August 4-5
Thomas Jefferson at Harpers Ferry
- July 21
Under Fire: The Battle of Harpers Ferry 1862
- July 21-22
In Defense of Our Nation: The Harpers Ferry Armory and the War of 1812
- June 16
Eleventh Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards and Concert
- June 30
Summer Teachers' Institute
- June 18-22
Digitized Newspapers Available Through Partner Website

African American History Hike
- June 2
Notice of Trail Closure

Thanking America's Armed Forces

2012 Active Trails Program Grant Announced by National Park Foundation

Stonewall Stopped: Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign
- May 26-27
Bateaux on the Rivers: Highways of Trade 1812
- April 28-29
Volunteers Needed for 24th Annual River Cleanup
- April 14
Team Up to Clean Up Harpers Ferry Battlefield
- March 31
Women's History Month Presents "Necessity the Mother of Invention"
- March 31-April 1
Join Us At Harpers Ferry: Volunteers Wanted

Harpers Ferry Park = Visitors, Money and Jobs for Local Economy

Entrance Fees Increased at Harpers Ferry NHP
(effective April 1)
What's Old is News! Harpers Ferry Historical Association's Digitized Microfilm Project

John Brown's Raid: An Evening with Author, Tony Horwitz
- Feb. 21
Running to Freedom, Fighting for Freedom
- Feb.5 through end of month

2011 Press Releases

Captain Flagg's Quarter Master City: Approach of Peace 1864 - Dec. 3-4
Park Ranger Mark Howard Receives National Capital Region's Harry Yount Award
Harpers Ferry NHP Proposes Entrance Fee Increase

Park to Host Alternative Transportation Public Workshop - October 18
In the Shadow of John Brown: The 1861 Battle of Bolivar Heights - Oct. 15-16
Reacting to the Raid - October 8
Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry - October 1
Eyes of the Army: The Cavalry Factor - September 3-4
Remembering the Niagara Movement: A Pilgrimage to John Brown's Fort - August 21
Giving Aid and Comfort: Medical and Relief Work During the Civil War - August 13-14
Thomas Jefferson at Harpers Ferry - July 23
Under Fire: The Battle of Harpers Ferry - July 16-17
Wonders of the Modern World 1860 - July 2
10th Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards and Concert - June 25
Harpers Ferry NHP Awarded Park Stewards Grant
How Possible Shutdown Affects Harpers Ferry Park

War Comes to Harpers Ferry: Burning of the Federal Arsenal - April 16-17
Volunteers Needed for 23rd Annual River Cleanup - April 9
Team Up to Clean Up Harpers Ferry Battlefield - April 2
Women's History Month Presents Necessity the Mother of Invention - March 26-27
Harpers Ferry Park's Black History Month Features The Abolitionist Movement Goes to War

2010 Press Releases

Captain Flagg's US Quarter Master City: Approach of Peace 1864 - Dec. 4-5
Park Announces Holiday Schedule
Election Day 1860! - October 9
Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry - October 2
National Public Lands Day - September 25
Niagara Movement Pilgrimage to John Brown's Fort - August 22
Thomas Jefferson At Harpers Ferry - July 24
Harpers Ferry Park Wins Take Pride in America Award
Meriwether Lewis Returns to Harpers Ferry - July 10
Public Meetings for PATH Environmental Impact Statement Announced
America's Picnic: Celebrating the Glorious Fourth - July 4
Let's Move Outside: Harpers Ferry NHP Kicks Off White House Initiative
Ninth Annual Don Redman Concert & Awards - June 26
Volunteer at Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry Park Partners with APU to Offer Course
Park Day Clean Up - April 10
Volunteers Needs for 22nd Annual River Cleanup - April 10
Black History Month Commemoration - Feb. 7

2009 Releases

Prospects of Peace: A Soldier's Prayer 1864 - December 5-6
Award Winners Recognized
Harpers Ferry Park Announces Holiday Schedule
John Brown 150th Creative Design Winners
Veterans Day Free to Honor Veterans - Nov. 11
Under Fire: The Battle of Harpers Ferry - Oct. 31-Nov. 1
John Brown 150th Commemoration - Oct. 16-18
John Brown Media/Filming Information - Oct. 16-18
Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry - Oct 3
National Public Lands Day Celebration - Sept 26
John Brown Raid Service Learning Project Recognized
Eyes of the Army: The Cavalry Factor - Sept 12-13
Free Military Band Concert - Sept 5
The National Parks: America's Best Idea - August 25
Niagara Movement Pilgrimage to John Brown's Fort - August 23
Summer of Fire: Harpers Ferry 1864 - August 15-16
Under Fire: The Battle of Harpers Ferry 1862 - August 8-9
I Will Follow Them to the Death: Sheridan's Soldiers 1864 - August 1-2
Slavery, the Abolitionist Movement and Reflections of Jefferson & Lincoln - July 25
Youth Conservation Corps Members Contribute to Park Operations
Under Fire: The Battle of Harpers Ferry 1862 - July 18-19
Giving Aid and Comfort: Medical and Relief Work During the Civil War - July 11-12
America's Picnic: Celebrating the Glorious Fourth - July 4
8th Annual Don Redman Concert & Awards June 27
Fee Free Weekends
National Trails Day - June 6
Defend and Protect - May 23-24
"Sword of the Spirit" Concert at Harpers Ferry Park May 9
General Management Plan Posted to Federal Register
Harpers Ferry Park Announces Recovery Act Projects
Summer Jobs for Youth with Youth Conservation Corps
A Prelude to History: The Wedding of Virginia Kennedy - April 18
Park Sponsors Lesson Plan of the Month
Team Up To Clean Up Harpers Ferry Battlefield - April 4
Volunteers Needed For 21st Annual River Cleanup - April 4
Environmental Review of 2009 Gypsy Moth Program - March 13-April 13
Women's History Month Program - March 28-29
Park Proposes to Control Gypsy Moth in 09
January Volunteer of the Month
Black History Month Features W.E.B. Du Bois Feb. 1-28
Park Highlights Presidential Connections - Jan. 17, 18, 19, 21

2008 Releases:

Draft Environmental Assessment for 2008 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program

Park Announces Holiday Schedule
Prospects of Peace: A Soldier's Prayer 1864 - December 6-7
Election Day 1860 and At All Times Ready - October 11-12
Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry - October 4
Park Unveils General Management Plan - Sept. 23 and 25
National Public Lands Day - September 27
Eyes of the Army: The Cavalry Factor - September 20-21
Free Military Band Concert - September 6
Remembering the Niagara Movement - August 24
Miners and Sappers: The U.S. Engineer Corps - August 23-24
Summer of Fire: Harpers Ferry 1864 - August 16-17
Under Fire: The Battle of Harpers Ferry 1862 - August 9-10
I Will Follow Them to the Death: Sheridan's Soldiers 1864 - August 2-3
Madison at Harpers Ferry - July 26
Soldier's City - July 26-27
Under Fire - July 19-20
Supplied for Suvival: Meriwether Lewis at Harpers Ferry - July 12
Giving Aid and Comfort: Medical and Relief Work during the Civil War - July 12-13
America's Picnic - July 5
Don Redman Concert - June 28
Military Band Concerts - June 21 and Sept. 6
History 3-D: Harpers Ferry in Depth Workshop - June 28-29
The Art of the Forge Workshop
Under Fire
National Trails Day
NBC25 Spearheads Park Cleanup
Defend and Protect: Arming the American Soldier
The Eyes of the Army: The Cavalry Factor
Junior Ranger Day
2008 Youth Conservation Corps at the Park
Environmental Review of 2008 Gypsy Moth Program
Battlefield Cleanup
Potomac River Cleanup
Park Proposes to Control Gypsy Moth
Harpers Ferry Park Celebrates Black History Month

2007 Releases:

-Harpers Ferry ornament included in "Holiday in the National Parks" at the White House
-Prospects of Peace: A Soldier's Prayer 1864
-Under Fire: The Battle of Harpers Ferry 1862
-After John Brown: Reacting to the Raid
-Facility Manager Receives Citation for Superior Service
-Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry
-National Public Lands Day
-Eyes of the Army: The Cavalry Factor
-National Parks' Centennial Proposals
-Who Built America?
-Park Welcomes New Chief Ranger
-A Soldier's City
-Joseph K. Mauzy Receives Presidential Volunteer Service Award
-Sheridan's Soldiers
-Under Fire
-Giving Aid and Comfort
-Meriwether Lewis Returns to Harpers Ferry
-Harpers Ferry Park Welcomes Student Transportation Interpreters
-America's Picnic: Celebrating the Glorious Fourth
-Student Conservation Association Crews Assist Park
-Sixth Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert
-Protecting Historic Harpers Ferry Landscapes: Historians Speak
-Harpers Ferry Park Hosts National Trails Day
-Defend and Protect
-Park Receives Junior Ranger Ambassador Grant
-Rally for Virginia 1861: From Citizens to Soldiers
-Summer Jobs with Youth Conservation Corps
-Park Day 2007
-Black History Month Celebration
-Harpers Ferry Train Station Nears Completion
-Education Program Teaches Leadership
-Boundary Project Underway

2006 Releases:

-Prospects for Peace Christmas Weekend
-Veterans Day Free at Harpers Ferry NHP
-Under Fire: 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry
-Hike Harpers Ferry
-John Brown Beyond the Gallows
-Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry

Did You Know?

Troops pose for a photo at Harpers Ferry.

Harpers Ferry changed hands 8 times during the Civil War. These Union troops posed for a picture on Camp Hill in Harpers Ferry in October, 1862.