• Part of a roofline shows from one building. Trees with fall color leaves on them fill most of the photo. A lamp-post is near center of the photo.

    Harpers Ferry Center

Interpretive Exhibits at C&O Canal's Ferry Hill

Ferry Hill was home to future Confederate officer and diarist, Henry Kyd Douglas and witnessed armies passing through during major Civil War campaigns. Today, the landscape around the mansion has changed much but the building remains intact.

Harpers Ferry Center staff designed and produced interpretive exhibits to tell the stories of the people of Ferry Hill: Civil War generals and farmers, enslaved and free people, travelers, and men and women who called it home for generations. They illustrate what Ferry Hill looked like decades ago with tactile models and scrim graphics. Flipbooks present writings from Ferry Hill residents. A wayside exhibit and a new brochure expand the story for visitors who cannot visit the interior exhibits. New signage identifies this long overlooked site that has witnessed over two hundred years of American history.


sign that shows the NPS logo arrowhead and says Ferry Hill Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

a wayside exhibit that says "Ferry Hill: Farm, Ferry and Freedom"

an exterior shot of the house

a sign that talks about "Working at Ferry Hill"

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