2019 Living History Event Weekends

Living History weekends and programs offer a great chance to see historical demonstrations and park staff in period clothing.
 

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

NPS Photo/Volunteer Alexandra Harvey

 

February

President Washington’s Birthday and the American System of Manufacturing at Harpers Ferry

Date: February 16, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 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 learn about his influence in the creation of the American System of Manufacturing here at Harpers Ferry.


March

Necessity: The Mother of Invention

Date: March 30-31, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town
Description: Harpers Ferry’s industrial history features many stories demonstrating how the industrial revolution helped establish a burgeoning middle class in America, on both a local and national scale.
 

April

The Enemy Among Us: Defending Harpers Ferry During the War of 1812

Date: April 6-7, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, Harper House
Description: Visit a living history 1812 military recruitment station at the town’s oldest structure, Williamson Tavern, where young Margaret (a Harper descendant) encouraged sixty thirsty Armory workers to enlist and defend hearth and home.

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”

Date: April 20, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, behind White Hall Tavern
Description: Bread, called the “staff of life,” was made locally by bakers and confectioners. Visitors are welcome to learn about this trade and see our beehive oven in use! Purchase of fresh baked goods supports the park association.
 

May

City Farming: Food in the Backyard

Date: May 11-12, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, The Green
Description: Purchase heirloom vegetables and seeds from the bookshop to start your own kitchen garden. Plant and seed sales support the park association.

Defend and Protect: Arming America’s Soldiers

Date: May 25-26, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town
Description: Special exhibits and programs highlight the establishment and technology of the Harpers Ferry Armory. A special tour and historic weapons firing demonstration will occur each day.
 
view of a crowd attending a program, out of focus, as seen between shoulders of two women in Civil War attire
View of a crowd attending a program as seen between shoulders of two women in Civil War attire

NPS Photo/Autumn Cook

 

July

Under Fire: Hold the High Ground, 1862

Date: July 13-14, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Bolivar Heights
Description: Artillery crew demonstrates the might and intimidation of field artillery during the US surrender to Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson. Firing Demonstrations occur at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm.

“I Will Follow Them to the Death”: Sheridan’s Soldiers, 1864

Date: July 20-21, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 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.

Medical Weekend: Giving Aid and Comfort

Date: July 27-28, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, Hamilton Street
Description: Living History staff and volunteers portray the medical and relief efforts provided to soldiers during the Civil War.
 

August

Under Fire: Hold the High Ground, 1862

Date: August 3-4, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Bolivar Heights
Description: Artillery crew demonstrates the might and intimidation of field artillery during the US surrender to Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson. Firing demonstrations occur at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
 
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

 

October

Reacting to the Raid: Local Militia and the US Marines

Date: October 12-13, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, John Brown’s Fort
Description: John Brown and his small band of men attacked Harpers Ferry on October 16, 1859, and he 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 - Historic Cider Making

Date: October 26-27, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Lower Town, White Hall Tavern
Description: Learn the time-honored tradition of preserving harvest-time apples by making cider.
 

December

Captain Flagg’s US Quartermaster City, 1864: Prospects of Peace

Date: December 7-8, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 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.

Last updated: March 7, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone:

(304) 535-6029

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