Harpers Ferry and Bolivar are two tiny 19th century villages, side-by-side, which lie at the eastern-most point of West Virginia, bordered by the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park surrounds both towns, providing visitors with tours, museums, hiking and biking trails --- all within easy walking distance of the living history villages. Today, the majestic beauty of the two rivers and the cliffs surrounding Harpers Ferry draw visitors from all over the world. The Appalachian Trail goes right through the heart of town. Boutique shops offer a variety of beautiful items for our visitors and local eateries can satisfy the palate. Local outfitters can help with rafting, tubing or kayaking trips. As the eastern gateway to West Virginia, Harpers Ferry beckons visitors from near and far.  Journey back into history and to historical Harpers Ferry and Bolivar again and again....

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Free Visitor Guides



August 9, 2015

Hike the C&O Canal Towpath on a Summer Afternoon

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October 10, 2015 – 02:00 PM

7th Annual Freedom’s Run

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October 10, 2015

42nd Annual Berkeley Springs Apple Butter Festival

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October 10, 2015

Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

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Offering a wide variety of activities for individuals and families. Explore museums and exhibits, hike to overlooks or along Civil War skirmish lines, join a ranger-guided tour or sign-up for a living history workshop. Shop at the Harpers Ferry Historical Association's Bookshop.

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Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862


Date:   October 10-11, 2015

Time:  1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm

On Saturday and Sunday October 10th and 11th, Harpers Ferry Park's Living History staff and volunteers of the 1st Pennsylvania Volunteer Artillery Battery D will present federal artillery demonstrations on the battle which led to General Stonewall Jackson's capture of 12,500 Federal soldiers.  Visitors are invited to witness the power of the Federal artillery that defended the Union garrison during the Siege of 1862. A military camp will be open for visitation on the Bolivar Heights Battlefield from 11am to 4pm.

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Summer Tour Schedule

SUMMER SCHEDULE (May 30 to Aug 16).  

Nine different tours.  Several every day.      

Civil War to Civil Rights (Sun, Fri 10 am)

Harpers Ferry in Civil War (Tu,Th Fr 1 pm)

Hike To the River (Sat 10 am)

H Ferry From Top Down (Su,We,Fr 11 am)

Battlefield in a Box (Mon, Wed 1 pm)

Harp Ferry Place in History (Tu,Th 11 am)

John Brown's Legacy (Mon, Sat 11 am)

John Brown's Raid (Wed, Thu, Fri 2 pm)

Footsteps of John Brown

(Jun 28, Jul 12, 26, Aug 9 10:30 am)

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2015 45th Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas

Experience a traditional Christmas celebration, as quaintly decorated streets come alive for the holiday season. Live entertainment, children’s activities, and extended shopping hours. Fri-Sun Dec 4-6. Sat-Sun Dec 12-13. 

Lower Town Fire Recovery Information

The historic Harpers Ferry Commercial Business District suffered a significant loss by fire on Thursday, 23 July 2015, affecting four privately owned properties, nine businesses, two tenants, and 45 displaced employees.  A special page has been created containing information related to the fire recovery, including who to contact, how to donate, and what resources may be available.  Visit this useful page by clicking here. New information will be posted as it becomes available.