Development Threatens Park Experience

View from Murphy Farm
Unspoiled scenic view of the Shenandoah River from the Murphy Farm Trail.

National Park Service

On March 13, 2007 The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) named Harpers Ferry National Historical Park among its list of America’s Most Endangered Battlefields. Developers are proposing to build 2,000,000 square feet of office space and other buildings on private land known as Old Standard in the core of historic properties the park protects.

Harpers Ferry Park Superintendent said, “It is sad to know that Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is on America’s Most Endangered Battlefields list; however the endangered listing will help focus attention on whatever can be done to preserve the integrity of the park.”

Protecting Harpers Ferry: One of the Nation's Ten Most Endangered Civil War Battlefields

If you wish to comment to the park on this issue, please e-mail here or send a letter to: Superintendent, Harpers Ferry NHP, P.O. Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Protecting Historic Harpers Ferry Landscapes: Historians Speak

National Park Service letter to Jefferson County Planning Commission

area of proposed development
View from Murphy Farm Trail showing location of proposed development project.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may
begin to use it with love and respect.
--Aldo Leopold

Park Land and Proposed Development Project



Civil War Preservation Trust

National Parks Conservation Association
Press Release: April 2, 2007 Press Release: March 13, 2007


Last updated: April 10, 2015

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65
485 Fillmore St.

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


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