White Hall Tavern

A stucco building stands in contrast to surrounding brick buildings.
The White Hall Tavern was a popular gathering spot in the 1850s.

NPS / Claire Hassler

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Located directly across from the U.S. Armory, the White Hall Tavern was an 1850s community gathering place, where white males debated politics; discussed local events; and protested armory management, wages and layoffs. The tavern's close proximity easily tempted armory workers to raise a glass, or two...or three, before and during work. As a result, Armory officials took a stand that public houses, such as the White Hall Tavern, ruined morals, work ethics, and even threatened armory production. Crowded building conditions posed another threat -- fire. In 1856 the U.S. Government purchased and removed the front section of the building. They subsequently widened the street, creating the needed safety buffer around the Armory.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Last updated: February 16, 2023