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Contact: Melinda Day, 304-535-6063
On Saturday and Sunday, April 30 - May 1st, from 11am to 4pm, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park invites visitors to experience a living history event at the town’s oldest structure, the Harper House when it was a War of 1812 recruitment station. The structure was run as Williamson Tavern where military recruitment was conducted by the 12th Regiment to stop the British Invasion. The Tavern, built by Robert Harper in 1782, was run by Basil and his young wife Margaret, a Harper descendant who encouraged 60 thirsty Armory workers to enlist and defend hearth and home. Margaret and her family were politically and financially powerful within the growing industrial town. But with the advance of the British forces, her family lived in fear of slave insurrection and a possible British attack on the federal armory.