Living History Event Weekends

Artillery crew firing a cannon at Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Artillery crew firing a cannon at Bolivar Heights Battlefield

NPS Photo/Volunteer Alexandra Harvey

 

2018 Living History Event Weekends

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President Washington's Birthday: Of the American System of Manufacturing at Harpers Ferry

Date: February 17
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, Confectionery Exhibit
Description: Join living history park rangers and volunteers to recognize the father of our country, President George Washington, and his birthday.

The Enemy Among Us: Defending Harpers Ferry During the War of 1812
Date: March 24-25
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Lower Town, Harper House
Description: Visit a Living History 1812 military recruitment station at the town's oldest structure.

Necessity: The Mother of Invention
Date: March 31, April 1
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town
Description: This Women’s History Month event features stories of Harpers Ferry’s industrial history.

Terrible Swift Sword: Raising a New Army of US Colored Troops
Date: May 5-6
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town
Description: Learn about Harpers Ferry’s role in the recruitment of US Colored Troops during 1864.

City Farming: Food in the Backyard
In partnership with the Harpers Ferry Park Association.
Date: May 12-13
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Lower Town
Description: Purchase heirloom vegetables and seeds from the Bookshop to start your own kitchen garden.

Defend and Protect: Arming America's Soldiers
Date: May 26-27
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town

Description: Special exhibits and programs highlight the establishment and technology of the Harpers Ferry Armory.

"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"
A historic bread and baked goods sale, in partnership with the Harpers Ferry Park Association.
Date: June 16 (Note: this was rescheduled from May 5)
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, Masonry Bee Hive Oven behind White Hall Tavern
Description: Bread, called the "staff of life," was made locally by bakers and confectioners, like German immigrant Frederick Roeder. Visitors are welcome to purchase, while supplies last, fresh baked sour dough, leaven rolls or street corner food, and large soft pretzels that will be baked in a large masonry "bee hive oven."

Under Fire: Hold the High Ground, 1862
Date: June 23-24
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; firing demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
Location: Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Description: Artillery crew demonstrates the might and intimidation of field artillery during the town's surrender to Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson.

Medical Weekend: Giving Aid and Comfort
Date: July 14-15
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town
Description: Living history staff and volunteers portray the medical and relief efforts provided to soldiers during the Civil War.

"I Will Follow Them to the Death": Sheridan's Soldiers, 1864
Date: July 21-22
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town
Description: See Harpers Ferry as the staging ground for Union General Philip Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign during the summer of 1864.

 
signs that reads "Guard House" atop a barrel in front of a brick building
Guard House at John Brown's Fort

NPS Photo/Autumn Cook

Under Fire: Hold the High Ground, 1862
Date: August 4-5
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; firing demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
Location: Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Description: Artillery crew demonstrates the might and intimidation of field artillery during the town's surrender to Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson.

Lives in Limbo: Contraband Camp in the Shadow of John Brown's Fort
Date: September 22
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town
Description: Runaway slaves who came into Union lines were called contraband, or enemy property confiscated by the Union Army. Step back to the tense times when the lives of these freedom seekers were in limbo.

The Enemy Among Us: Defending Harpers Ferry During the War of 1812
Date: September 29-30
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, Harper House
Description: Visit a Living History 1812 military recruitment station at the town's oldest structure.

Reacting to the Raid: Local Militia and the US Marines
Date: October 13-14
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Lower Town, John Brown's Fort
Description: John Brown attacked Harpers Ferry on October 16 and was captured two days later by the US Marines. Volunteers of the USMC Historical Company relive the scene and the all-important reactions to the raid.

Drink Your Apples: Roeder's Tavern Cider Making, 1860
Date: October 20-21
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, Roeder's Confectionery and White Hall Tavern
Description: Learn the time-honored tradition of preserving harvest-time apples by making cider.

Under Fire: Hold the High Ground, 1862
Date: October 27-28
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; firing demonstrations at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
Location: Bolivar Heights Battlefield
Description: Artillery crew demonstrates the might and intimidation of field artillery during the town's surrender to Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson.

Captain Flagg's US Quartermaster City, 1864: Prospects of Peace
Date: December 1-2
Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Lower Town
Description: Experience this yuletide event from the war that determined the union of the states and the eventual freedom of four million enslaved people.
 
view of a crowd attending a program, out of focus, as seen between shoulders of two women in Civil War attire

NPS Photo/Autumn Cook

Last updated: May 9, 2018

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone:

(304) 535-6029

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