What are some facts about Harpers Ferry in West Virginia?


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Harpers Ferry in West Virginia is a National Historic Site under the care of the United States National Park Service. It is a historic community located at the meeting point of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Visitors can tour museum exhibits, hike the park's trails and stroll through nearby battlefields.

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Historic figures who visited Harpers Ferry, or who were connected to it in some way, include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, Frederick Douglass and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Maryland Heights and Loudoun Heights are two locations at the park.

As of 2015, collections at the park include items connected to John Brown's raid, the Civil War, industrial technology, period transportation and African-American history. Those wanting to access historic items for official research can fill out the Researcher Registration form available on the National Park Service website.

The park as over 20 miles of hiking trails that take tourists through battlefields, past running water and into the hills. Living History Workshops programs demonstrate period trades and skills.

Several events and tours take place at Harpers Ferry. Sample tours of 2015 included Civil War to Civil Rights, Harp Ferry Place in History and John Brown's Raid. The park also sometimes offers events for Christmas and other holidays.

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