• 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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  • 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 June 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 6:45 p.m. More »

Schedule Of Events

2014 Schedule of Events

Here is a pdf of our 2014 Schedule of Events and the 2014 Summer Tour Schedule, for download or to print.

For more detailed information, please search the calendar widget below.


Park Special Events are made possible through the generous support of the Harpers Ferry Historical Association. Visit their website here www.harpersferryhistory.org

 

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  • Industrial History: As American As Apple Pie

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    The public is invited to register for a special 2-hour historic trades pie baking workshop on Saturday, March 9. Two sessions are offered: 11 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm. Learn to bake the “new way” in a wood burning stove. More

  • Necessity the Mother of Invention

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

    Come see industrial revolution debuted machines, gadgets, and gizmos that offered Americans more time, more money and established a burgeoning middle class. More

  • “Knitting A La Mode: 19th Century Techniques for 21st Century Knitters”

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we invite the public to register for a historic trades workshop called “Knitting A La Mode: 19th Century Techniques for 21st Century Knitters” at Mrs. Stipes Boarding House Living History Exhibit. More

  • Necessity the Mother of Invention

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

    Come see industrial revolution debuted machines, gadgets, and gizmos that offered Americans more time, more money and established a burgeoning middle class. More

  • “Knitting A La Mode: 19th Century Techniques for 21st Century Knitters”

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we invite the public to register for a historic trades workshop called “Knitting A La Mode: 19th Century Techniques for 21st Century Knitters” at Mrs. Stipes Boarding House Living History Exhibit. More

  • Industrial History: As American As Apple Pie

    Saturday, April 6, 2013

    The public is invited to register for a special 2-hour historic trades pie baking workshop on Saturday, March 9. Two sessions are offered: 11 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm. Learn to bake the “new way” in a wood burning stove. More

  • Park Day 2013, sponsored by Civil War Trust

    Saturday, April 6, 2013

    Park Day 2013 is scheduled for April 6. Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. More

  • "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" Workshop

    Saturday, April 27, 2013

    Register for this workshop to learn 19th century baking techniques with a bee hive oven and learn about local bakers and confectioners of 1800s Harpers Ferry. More

  • "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" Workshop

    Saturday, May 4, 2013

    Register for this workshop to learn 19th century baking techniques with a bee hive oven and learn about local bakers and confectioners of 1800s Harpers Ferry. More

  • "Bateaux on the Rivers: Highways of Trade 1812"

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Step back to Harpers Ferry’s early settlement when John Wager & Co Boating shipped flour and produce. Experience the town’s early industry, trade, and transportation with the Living History Staff and Volunteers & the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society More

  • "Living Antiques! Heirloom Garden Vegetables"

    Saturday, May 18, 2013

    Through the bookshop, purchase 19th century varieties of heirloom seedlings and numerous heirloom seeds for May plantings. Featuring 19th century horticulturalist expert Carol Anderson to coach and assist in how to organically care for these plants. More

  • Harpers Ferry by Moonlight: A 19th Century Historic Tavern Meal, Music, & Stories

    Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Experience two different 19th century Tavern Exhibits. Hear stories of political unrest, social reforms, and labor disputes. Enjoy a historic meal prepared over open fire, 19th century music, and the beauty of the town by full moonlight. More

  • Defend and Protect: Arming America's Soldiers

    Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Special exhibits and programs highlight the Harpers Ferry Armory, technology, invention and how these weapons were used by soldiers for national defense and exploration. More

  • Defend and Protect: Arming America's Soldiers

    Sunday, May 26, 2013

    Special exhibits and programs highlight the Harpers Ferry Armory, technology, invention and how these weapons were used by soldiers for national defense and exploration. More

  • The Art of the Forge: Blacksmithing in the 19th Century

    Saturday, June 8, 2013

    Learn from a professional blacksmith the stock and trade of the early town’s craftsmen who took great pride in leaving their mark in the towns industrial history story. Note: This is a two-day workshop (June 8 & 9). More

  • The Art of the Forge: Blacksmithing in the 19th Century

    Sunday, June 9, 2013

    Learn from a professional blacksmith the stock and trade of the early town’s craftsmen who took great pride in leaving their mark in the towns industrial history story. Note: This is a two-day workshop (June 8 & 9). More

  • The Birth of a State: 150th Anniversary of the State of West Virginia

    Saturday, June 22, 2013

    This one day event will commemorate the birth of West Virginia in June of 1863. Activities will include living history, ranger-conducted programs, and family/youth activities. More

  • First Alert: Harpers Ferry, the Gettysburg Campaign

    Sunday, June 23, 2013

    This event will highlight Harpers Ferry's role in the Gettysburg Campaign. Activities will include living history, ranger-conducted programs, and family/youth activities. More

  • Twelfth Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert

    Saturday, June 29, 2013

    This year's Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert will be held in Shepherdstown. Featured guests are jazz legends Buster Cooper and Eddie Gomez, with the Howard Burns Quartet. More

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    Saturday, June 29, 2013

    Join the members of the park's artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery. More

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    Sunday, June 30, 2013

    Join the members of the park's artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery. More

  • Electing to Leave: Steps to Statehood

    Saturday, July 6, 2013

    Visitors are invited to step into the role of voting Virginians in 1863 to experience a vote for the new State of West Virginia, born out of the rebellion. More

  • "1863 West Virginia Union Ladies Aid Society Grand Strawberry & Ice Cream Festival" Historic Trades Workshop

    Saturday, July 6, 2013

    Ice Cream and Strawberry Festival at the Park Green. Join the 1863 West Virginia Ladies Aid Society to make ice cream and enjoy with strawberries. Cool down with your results! Observers welcome. More

  • Electing to Leave: Steps to Statehood

    Sunday, July 7, 2013

    Visitors are invited to step into the role of voting Virginians in 1863 to experience a vote for the new State of West Virginia, born out of the rebellion. More

  • "1863 West Virginia Union Ladies Aid Society Grand Strawberry & Ice Cream Festival" Historic Trades Workshop

    Sunday, July 7, 2013

    Ice Cream and Strawberry Festival at the Park Green. Join the 1863 West Virginia Ladies Aid Society to make ice cream and enjoy with strawberries. Cool down with your results! Observers welcome. More

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    Saturday, July 13, 2013

    Join the members of the park's artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery. More

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    Sunday, July 14, 2013

    Join the members of the park's artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery. More

  • I Will Follow Them to the Death: Sheridan's Soldiers, 1864

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

    This program presents Harpers Ferry as the staging area for Union General Philip Sheridan’s Shenandoah Campaign during the summer of 1864. More

  • Slavery, the Abolitionist Movement and Reflections of Jefferson

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

    Watch an insightful dramatic presentation on the issue of slavery featuring Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson. More

  • I Will Follow Them to the Death: Sheridan's Soldiers, 1864

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    This program presents Harpers Ferry as the staging area for Union General Philip Sheridan’s Shenandoah Campaign during the summer of 1864. More

  • Medical Weekend: Giving Aid and Comfort

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    Living history volunteers of the 3rd US and 142nd Pennsylvania Infantry will portray the medical and relief efforts that provided aid and comfort to the thousands of soldiers fighting during the American Civil War. More

  • Medical Weekend: Giving Aid and Comfort

    Sunday, July 28, 2013

    Living history volunteers of the 3rd US and 142nd Pennsylvania Infantry will portray the medical and relief efforts that provided aid and comfort to the thousands of soldiers fighting during the American Civil War. More

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

    Join the members of the park's artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery. More

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

    Join the members of the park's artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery. More

  • Bringing in the Harvest

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

    Join 19th Century Historic Foodways Expert Carol Anderson for this in depth look at how summer time harvest foods were preserved for winter consumption. Demonstrations include, pickling, drying, potting, and canning. More

  • Bringing in the Harvest

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Join 19th Century Historic Foodways Expert Carol Anderson for this in depth look at how summer time harvest foods were preserved for winter consumption. Demonstrations include, pickling, drying, potting, and canning. More

  • Niagara Movement Pilgrimage to John Brown's Fort

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Retrace the footsteps of the men and women of Niagara during this commemorative walk to the site of John Brown’s Fort in 1906. A 10am memorial service will follow at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church. More

  • Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry

    Saturday, October 5, 2013

    Visit with our nation’s 16th president as portrayed by Jim Getty. More

  • Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry

    Saturday, October 5, 2013

    Visit with our nation’s 16th president as portrayed by Jim Getty. More

  • Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry

    Saturday, October 5, 2013

    Visit with our nation’s 16th president as portrayed by Jim Getty. More

  • Reacting to the Raid: The US Marines

    Saturday, October 12, 2013

    Features a living history demonstration of how 1859 Abolitionist John Brown was captured by US troops More

  • "Capture History: A Wet Plate Collodion Photography Workshop," 19th century techniques for 21st century photographers

    Saturday, October 12, 2013

    Join expert John Miliker to learn the art and mystery of the wet plate collodion photography process. Participants will be guided step-by-step to make ambrotypes and tintypes. Equipment is provided. Note: This is a 2-day workshop (Oct. 12-13) More

  • Reacting to the Raid: The US Marines

    Sunday, October 13, 2013

    Features a living history demonstration of how 1859 Abolitionist John Brown was captured by US troops More

  • "Capture History: A Wet Plate Collodion Photography Workshop," 19th century techniques for 21st century photographers

    Sunday, October 13, 2013

    Join expert John Miliker to learn the art and mystery of the wet plate collodion photography process. Participants will be guided step-by-step to make ambrotypes and tintypes. Equipment is provided. Note: This is a 2-day workshop (Oct. 12-13) More

  • Drink Your Apples: Roeder's Tavern Cider Making, 1860

    Saturday, October 19, 2013

    Join living history rangers and foodways expert Carol Anderson for demonstrations of cider-making and Fall food preservation. More

  • Drink Your Apples: Roeder's Tavern Cider Making, 1860

    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    Join living history rangers and foodways expert Carol Anderson for demonstrations of cider-making and Fall food preservation. More

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

    Join the members of the Baltimore Light Artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery. More

  • Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    Join the members of the Baltimore Light Artillery crew as they demonstrate the might and intimidation of field artillery. More

  • "Tinware for the Masses: Bright, Shiny, Decorative, and Useful" Workshop

    Saturday, November 9, 2013

    Today, most American homes boast a wide array of plastic housewares versus one hundred and fifty years ago when tin ware ruled supreme. Register for this two-day workshop (Nov 9-10) to learn more. More

  • "Tinware for the Masses: Bright, Shiny, Decorative, and Useful" Workshop

    Sunday, November 10, 2013

    Today, most American homes boast a wide array of plastic housewares versus one hundred and fifty years ago when tin ware ruled supreme. Register for this two-day workshop (Nov 9-10) to learn more. More

  • Capt. Flagg's US Quartermaster City: Prospects of Peace

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

    Join over 175 living history volunteers as they help present park visitors with a unique window into the magnitude and scope of Captain Flagg’s 1864 US Quartermaster city. More

  • Capt. Flagg's US Quartermaster City: Prospects of Peace

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

    Join over 175 living history volunteers as they help present park visitors with a unique window into the magnitude and scope of Captain Flagg’s 1864 US Quartermaster city. More

 

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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.