• Interior of the John Brown Fort

    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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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?

Intake arches channeled water to power industry on Virginius Island.

Virginius Island was a thriving 19th-century industrial town along the Shenandoah River. By 1859, there were about three dozen buildings there.