Last updated: June 8, 2016
Overtime, the park and the media service center (HFC) cartographers met to discuss how they could turn a static map into something more interactive. It was a project that both the park and the design center were eager to undertake. After many meetings with the park to discuss the design and themes of the map a simple question emerged...What do we want to show our visitors? The park decided they wanted to answer the three most common visitor questions: "I only have two hours, what I can see here?" "What is there to see?" "What can I do with kids?" In addition to these questions the park wanted have the ability to highlight the two types of exhibits in the park modern - those explaining what John Brown's Raid was and some aspects of the town during the Civil War and living history - what life was like back in the time of John Brown's Raid and during the Civil War.
Early in 2016, a graphics specialist volunteered in the HFC publications department. This specialist developed a new mobile compatible interactive map that would enable visitors to choose among three different park experiences in the park:
- Ranger Picks - highlighting areas rangers discuss on their guided tours,
- Best for Kids - a visitor experience the whole family can enjoy,
- History Exhibits - a look at life in Harpers Ferry during the time of John Brown's raid.
This map is still in a testing phase with visitors, but we would love your feedback and continued ideas. As we we begin our next 100 years as a service we want our products to meet the ever changing needs of our visitors.