• 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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    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 »

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 12/01/2012, 12/02/2012

    Location: Lower Town District | Map Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM,11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Fee Information: $10.00 per vehicle for 3 days or $5.00 per person on foot or bicycle Contact Name: Information Center Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 304-535-6029

Learn the magnitude and scope of Harpers Ferry's role as Captain Flagg's 1864 US Quartermaster city that supplied Gen. Philip Sheridan's army in the Shenandoah Valley. Reflect on what the Civil War will determine; the Union of the States and eventual freedom of 4 million enslaved people.

 

Saturday, December 1st 2012

11-9 pm Historic exhibits open.
 

11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm."While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in Their Heads" Workshop.  Join Carol Anderson, Historic Foodways & 19th Century Confections Expert to learn the art and mystery of the Confectioner's Yuletide trade and treats while exploring the world of sugar work.  Pre-registration required along with payment at 304-535-1523.  "sugar-plums-danced-in-their-heads"-workshop/

 

11-3pm "Decking the Halls: Ornaments for the Tree" Make and take a 19th century style ornament. At the Lyceum Tent on Arsenal Square. Make real tin tinsel & tin spiral ornaments for your tree! 

 

12-4pm "Captain Flagg's US Quarter Master City": A Ranger Guided Horse and Wagon Tour Experience the military and civilian workers who transformed the town into a successful war machine.  Sign up & reserve your free ticket at the Soldiers Rest exhibit on Potomac Street.  

 

1pm "Mail Call: Packages From Home" Witness local citizens and soldiers gathering to receive their censored mail from the US Provost Marshal's office. Begins at the Lyceum Tent on Arsenal Square.

 

2pm "Caught Yesterday, French Bill, Notorious Murderer and Bushwhacker" Follow the Provost Marshal as they deal with the crime and punishment of a well known deserter. Begins at Lyceum Tent on Arsenal Square. Guided tour including weapons firing and demonstration. 

 

3pm "Feeding the War Machine: Soft Bread for Sheridan's Army" See how 5,000 loaves of bread were made and baked in brick ovens. Meet at the backyard of Roeder's Confectionery.

 

3-5pm "A Grand Military and Citizen's Ball" Join the 34th Massachusetts Officers and their wives as they host a Victorian Dance. Dance instruction provided by the Victorian Dance Ensemble to period dance music by Wheaton's Parlor Orchestra.

 

7pm "Emerging From the Darkness: Christmas In the Depth of War"

A Living History Lantern Light evening program.  Join Ranger John Rudy at the Lyceum Tent.

Pre- Register at the park visitor center at 304-535-6298.

 

9:30pm Last park shuttle departs the lower town for entrance station parking.

 

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

11-4pm Historic exhibits open

 

11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm."While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in Their Heads" Workshop.  Join Carol Anderson, Historic Foodways & 19th Century Confections Expert to learn the art and mystery of the Confectioner's Yuletide trade and treats while exploring the world of sugar work.  Pre-registration required along with payment at 304-535-1523.  "sugar-plums-danced-in-their-heads" workshop

 

12-4pm "Captain Flagg's US Quarter Master City": A Ranger Guided Horse and Wagon Tour Experience the military and civilian workers who transformed the town into a successful war machine.  Sign up & reserve your free ticket at the Soldiers Rest exhibit on Potomac Street. 

 

1-2 pm "Mail Call: Packages From Home" Witness local citizens and soldiers gathering to receive their censored mail from the US Provost Marshal's office. Begins at the Lyceum Tent.

 

1-2pm "Feeding the War Machine: Soft Bread for Sheridan's Army" See how 5,000 loaves of bread were made and baked in brick ovens. Meet at the backyard of Roeder's Confectionery.

 

2-3pm "Caught Yesterday, French Bill, Notorious Murderer and Bushwhacker". Follow the Provost Marshal as they deal with the crime and punishment of a well known deserter. Begins at Lyceum Tent on Arsenal Square. Guided tour including weapons firing and demonstration. 

 

3-4pm "Ho For Christmas" Carolers, sometimes called ballad mongers, strolled the streets in America tempting pedestrians to purchase sheet music of carols. Join this musical performance in the 2nd floor of the John Brown Museum, Mrs. Stephenson's Christmas Parlor.

 

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