• 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.

  • 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 »

Community Service Projects

BU ASB 2013.SHRS.Zurbuch

Alternative Spring Break Students from Boston University mulch trails on School House Ridge South, March 2013.

NPS Photo/Zurbuch


Service groups include; youth groups, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, colleges, universities, professional, business and special interest groups. Some of the potential projects include mulching trails, painting, restoring historic battlefields, picking up litter and weeding gardens.

Alternative Spring Break Trips

Each year the park receives requests from various colleges to see if some of their students might be able to spend their spring breaks at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park! These alternative spring break programs are gaining momentum across the country. Harpers Ferry NHP has hosted students from Boston University, Canisius College, and Northeastern University. If interested in participating, please contact Samantha Zurbuch, park Volunteer Program Coordinator (contact info below).

Forms & Applications

We have service projects for almost every age group and skill level. All we ask, please contact us at least one month in advance so we can plan ahead for your visit!

Did You Know?

Today the John Brown Fort is across the street from its original location.

John Brown's Fort has been moved 4 times: in 1891 to Chicago to the World's Columbian Exposition, in 1895 to the Murphy Farm near Harpers Ferry, in 1909 to Storer College Campus and in 1968 to its present location.