"Some More History" Top 5 Page for this destination Harpers Ferry Favorite Tip by Geoff_Wright

Harpers Ferry General: 31 reviews and 30 photos


Favorite thing: Due to the town's location on the strategic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Union and Confederate troop movements through Harpers Ferry were frequent. Between 1861` and 1865 the town changed hands eight times. On April 18th, 1861 Federal soldiers set fire to the armory and arsenal to keep them out of Southern hands. The arsenal and 15,000 weapons were destroyed. It wasn't long, however, before the flames were extinguished, and much of the manufacturing equipment in the town was disassembled and sent south.

The history of Harpers Ferry is quite complex, but well documented. If you intend to visit, I suggest you read up on its history well before you go there. I wish I had.

The photo here is of a tunnel under the railroad track, at the site of the old armory.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 18, 2003
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