History & Culture

The history of Harpers Ferry has few parallels in the American drama.

It is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered - involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.

To explore this history in-depth, check out the links below.
black and white image of John Brown


Learn about the people who shaped the history of Harpers Ferry.

Jefferson Rock with Loudoun Heights in the background, in the snow


Explore the many places in Harpers Ferry that offer views, hiking, and history.

sepia tone image from the 1870s showing a group of African American students and their teachers


Discover the more in-depth stories of Harpers Ferry's history.

Last updated: December 13, 2017

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Harpers Ferry , WV 25425


304 535-6029

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