About Harpers Ferry:
Located in Jefferson County, Harpers Ferry rests at the junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet at this point. Historically, it is best known as the site of John Brown’s Raid in 1859 and its role in the Civil War. As of 2015, there were 295 people living in the community nestled along the Appalachian Trail, surrounded by scenic beauty, history and activities.
Harpers Ferry today has remained remarkably well preserved. Not a lot has changed in the landscape. The National Park Service has preserved the majority of the battlefield at Harpers Ferry, yet there are still significant pieces of the battlefield that remain threatened by development. Residents are grateful that in 2002, the Civil War Trust successfully saved 325 acres of endangered land at Harpers Ferry. In a town this size, that’s a big deal. In addition, 2013 was significant because an essential tract of battlefield land was saved on Bolivar Heights.
Harpers Ferry his best known as a location where many important events in American history took place. In 1786 Thomas Jefferson, when passing through, famously observed, “The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature.” In addition to John Brown’s famous raid on the federal armory and arsenal in 1859, Harper’s Ferry was also the starting place of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and claims a proud heritage of civil rights. It is home to the first academic college for African Americans, and was the site of the founding in the US Niagara movement, which later became the NAACP.
Harpers Ferry boasts some amazing real estate. With such beautiful surroundings, historical sights and top notch outdoor recreation nearby, this community is tough to beat.
Harpers Ferry schools are part of the Jefferson County School District. Two elementary schools serve the area, C.W. Shipley Elementary and Blue Ridge Elementary. These schools feed into Harpers Ferry Middle School, and the children move on to Jefferson High School, part of the larger Jefferson County area. Find out more about Harpers Ferry Schools at Great Schools or School Digger.
DINING AND SHOPPING
Dining is diverse in Harpers Ferry and the surrounding area. The Light Horse Inn’s Barn Behind the Inn Tavern offers a fun gathering place for weekend evening happy hours. Hannah’s Train Depot offers fresh seafood and BBQ, and the Potomac Grille serves fresh salads, burgers, subs, and wraps from the scenic deck overlooking the Potomac River’s beauty. If Italian sounds good, try La Mezzaluna Café, featuring authentic fresh pastas and other Italian favorites. Shopping includes something for everyone, including collectibles and gift items from The Village Shop, local wine, wine accessories, cigars, and other gourmet items at Harper’s Ferry Wine and Gourmet, and for your outdoor needs, The Harpers Ferry Outfitters has you covered.
One of the highlights of the year for Harpers Ferry residents and guests is the Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival. Each year, approximately 200 artisans and craftspeople are selected to showcase their work. Listen to Bluegrass music, wine taste, and enjoy food as part of this celebration as well. Harpers Ferry is an outdoor lover’s paradise, and to celebrate the nature around the area, Harpers Ferry holds the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival and Tim Gavin Down River Race, raising money for river conservation.
PARKS AND RECREATION
To preserve the beauty that Thomas Jefferson observed on his early journeys through the valley, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park was created to not only keep the regions natural settings thriving, but to keep it’s history alive as well. Take advantage of hiking and other outdoor activities, as well as opportunities to learn about the past through workshops and events. Visit Jefferson Rock and see exactly what Thomas Jefferson meant by “stupendous scenes in nature.”
Enjoy tubing, ziplines, rafting, and camping with Harpers Ferry Adventure Center – wonderful for everyone in the family! Biking is big in Harper’s Ferry, and you can find miles of trails as you get to know your new home.
With it’s proximity to nearby metropolitan areas, Harpers Ferry is a wonderful combination of small town living with access to the things an urban areas also offer. Harpers Ferry has something for everyone, and it’s prime location for commuting makes this wonderful historic community a place to call home.