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Harpers Ferry Historic District

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In Jefferson County, at Harpers Ferry, WV, the Harper's Ferry National Historic District preserves this jewel among Revolutionary War era towns, also protected as part of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, the area is best known as the site of John Brown's raid on the Federal arsenal there in 1859, an attempt to seize weapons for a insurrection of slaves. "Stonewall" Jackson also made the town his base of command during part of the Civil War. Revolutionary War-era homes and shops line the town's cobblestone streets. Thomas Jefferson said of the ferry area that: "The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature." Thousands of tourists visit the town every year.


See also: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


Map and Topo Map showing Harper's Ferry Historic District