• 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 »

Living History Group Volunteers

Frederick Ladies decorate for the Christmas festivities.

Members of the Frederick Ladies decorate for the holidays.

National Park Service


Living History volunteers provide visitors with special programs and events throughout the year, bringing to life the sights and sounds from the past.

Large events open to numerous applicants are:

  • July 2nd and 3rd "America's Picnic: Celebrating the Glorious 4th"
  • October 8th, "John Brown's Legacy: Beyond the Gallows"
  • December 3rd and 4th, "Prospects of Peace: A Soldier's Prayer"

All other living history events listed on the Park's schedule of events are sponsored by specific groups who have voted to support a pre-approved event.

To find out how you can help, please contact the Living History Coordinator at 304-535-6063 or through Email.

Map of the Lower Town (PDF)

Living History Guidelines (PDF)


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.