Harpers Ferry Area, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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On the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown led his band of twenty-one men on an abolitionist-inspired raid of Harpers Ferry. Hoping to gain access to the munitions, he envisioned the raid as the event that would spark a nationwide abolitionist movement. For its historical significance the lower part of town has been preserved as a living-history park, the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The surrounding area, at the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers, affords scenic countryside and miles of hiking, including the Appalachian Trail. A visit to Harpers Ferry puts you near a Civil War battle site, natural springs, and enjoyable white-water rafting rides. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.
Great Family Vacations: South

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Great Family Vacations: South

by Candyce H. Stapen (The Globe Pequot Press)

On the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown led his band of twenty-one men on an abolitionist-inspired raid of Harpers Ferry. Hoping to gain access to the munitions, he envisioned the raid as the event that would spark a nationwide abolitionist movement. For its historical significance the lower part of town has been preserved as a living-history park, the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The surrounding area, at the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers, affords scenic countryside and miles of hiking, including the Appalachian Trail.

A visit to Harpers Ferry puts you near a Civil War battle site, natural springs, and enjoyable white-water rafting rides. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.

©  Candyce H. Stapen/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harpers Ferry
Duration: Up to a week's worth of fun.
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Harpers Ferry Area, West Virginia

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