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“Nice town to visit”

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Owner description: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is indeed one of the crown jewels in the National Park Service. Covering over 4,000 acres in 3 states (WV, VA and MD) at the scenic confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and the Potomac River water gap through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Park features an amazing diversity of American History all in one place: Great figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, "Stonewall" Jackson, JEB Stuart, Philip Sheridan, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kate Field and many others swirl around Harpers Ferry like a whirlwind! The C&O Canal National Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail all converge at Harpers Ferry NHP. Twenty miles of hiking trails in the Park offer more than a one weekend getaway. Local private businesses offer whitewater rafting, tubing, fishing and many outdoor activities, along with dining and overnight accommodations. Come visit beautiful Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and be swept away by the mountains, the rivers and the history for a visit you and your family will long remember!
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Harper’s Ferry was a stop we made after leaving DC and on our way to Gettysburg. We were only there for a quick 90min or so but you could easily spend the whole day. Since it was mid-week off season we were able to park in the town. In our short time we were able to wander through a number of shops and watch the documentary as well as walk up to the churches and Jefferson Rock.

There is a short documentary about the town that you can watch in one of the storefronts near the Dry Goods store. There were plenty of shops open. There is a penny pressing machine near an antique shop.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The visitors center is a bus ride away from the town of Harpers Ferry where most of the historic buildings are. You park at the center and they shuttle you down to center of town. The buses were almost full on an early spring weekend so I would imagine it gets very busy in good weather. There is a $10 per car charge to enter the park. There are other trailheads where you can hike or you can walk along the river.

2  Thank DoctormomStow
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We stopped here on a rainy Wednesday afternoon during Spring Break. It probably would have been stroller friendly if it hadn't been raining and we could have left the stroller outside in smaller exhibits. The park itself is very interesting with plenty to keep my tweens interested. You walk around and different buildings have different displays.

Many of the shops in the area were closed that day and there aren't many food options either. That was the only drawback to the date/time (or perhaps weather?) for our visit.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

This park is easy to find and well set out. It is a wonderful place to explore. The town is set out as it was historically and allows you to wander around and pop into shops and houses to experience life as it was during the civil war. The explanations are easy to read and to understand. They explain the things that happened and why they happened; giving enough detail but not too much. There are enough hands on things and things to see to keep the children happy whilst those with more time can explore and find out more. I grew up with the song John Brown's body and now have a little understanding of what it was taking about. There are some wonderful views of the country side and lots of lovely walks. I recommend that anyone with some time have a look.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Our family of 4, 2 adults, kid 10, kid 7 to Harper's Ferry. We walked across the bridge into Maryland, John's Brown building, went to one of the museums, climbed the stone steps to the chapels, and peaked into a couple of the shops. We didn't have a lot time to stop and see everything in and around the town. We only got barely put a dent and we were there like 2 hours.
If it was hot and crowded we probably wouldn't have liked it as much. Trying to fight crowds on old side walks doesn't sound appealing. But we went during off season and it was great. We didn't have to wait for people to move to read signs, didn't feel rushed to get out of the way for others, and parking was easy.
I'd like to go back and enjoy some more.
I don't think I would recommend young kids, I don't know how well they would wait while older people are reading the signs. But the museums do a good job of not showing things too violent for young children. Anything graphic is written down, not shown.

1  Thank luv2laflissa
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