• 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 May 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 5:45 p.m. More »


Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park are as diverse as the natural and cultural resources of the park. History buffs, amateur naturalists, re-enactors, artists, students, gardeners and many more people have found a place to share their skills at Harpers Ferry. Groups and individuals are welcome! Learn new skills and apply what you already know. Play a vital role in almost all aspects of park operations by;

  • Providing information to visitors from all over the world.
  • Working in one of the best bookshops in the national park system.
  • Designing and conducting programs for school children.
  • Removing non-native plants.
  • Restoring battlefield landscapes.
  • Assisting with park clean-up days.
  • Leading hikes and presenting interpretive programs.
  • Monitoring trail conditions.
  • Monitoring deer plots.
  • Cataloguing artifacts, photos and documents.
  • Participating in archeology excavations.
  • Leading community service groups on park-wide projects.
  • Assisting with media and marketing strategies.
  • Building and maintaining hiking trails.
  • Creating living history experiences.

Opportunities for Individuals
Museum & Archives
Living History
Visitor Services

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups
Living History
Community Service Projects

Volunteer Events
Museum Service Day - coming soon

Volunteer Program Management Documents

Education Interns Meet Governor Joe Manchin (WV).

2009 - Education Interns Meet Former Governor, now Senator, Joe Manchin (WV).

NPS Photo

A Great Place to Work
Harpers Ferry is a hidden treasure in the national park system! The park includes a combination of natural and cultural resources unparalleled in the National Park System. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in the states of West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. The park consists of approximately 4,000 acres, a dozen museums and exhibits and 20 miles of hiking trails. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park intersect here.

Some of the primary topics of interest at Harpers Ferry are the revealing connections between history and landscape, the influence of the Industrial Revolution on the human experience, the impact of John Brown's raid and the Civil War on the community and the nation, and the continuing struggle to achieve the American ideal of freedom and equality. It is a park like no other.

Come and join us!
For general information contact us at
Phone: 304-535-5017
Email: e-mail us;

Mail: Samantha Zurbuch, Volunteer Coordinator, Harpers Ferry NHP, P.O. Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


Did You Know?

Photo of the National League of Colored Women at the John Brown Fort.

On July 14, 1896, during their first National Convention, the National League of Colored Women visited the John Brown Fort. They were the first group known to make such a pilgrimage to this site.