Harpers Ferry


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Harpers Ferry,

town (1990 pop. 308), Jefferson co., easternmost W Va., at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers; inc. 1763. The town is a tourist attraction, known for its history and its scenic beauty. John BrownBrown, John,
1800–1859, American abolitionist, b. Torrington, Conn. He spent his boyhood in Ohio. Before he became prominent in the 1850s, his life had been a succession of business failures in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York.
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's seizure of the U.S. arsenal there on Oct. 16, 1859, and the town's subsequent strategic importance during the Civil War, when it was considered the key to the Shenandoah valleyShenandoah valley,
part of the Great Valley of the Appalachians, c.150 mi (240 km) long, N Va., located between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny mts. The valley is divided into two parts by Massanutten Mt., a ridge c.45 mi (70 km) long and c.3,000 ft (915 m) high.
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, brought it into national prominence. In 1747, Robert Harper, a millwright, established a ferry at the junction of the two rivers—hence the town's name. The U.S. arsenal was located there in 1796, and by the mid-19th cent., Harpers Ferry was an important arms-producing center, with mills, numerous gun factories, and huge stores of weapons and ammunition. The development of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and of the Baltimore & Ohio RR increased its importance, making it a transportation link between the Ohio valley and the East. During the Civil War it was primarily held by Union soldiers but changed hands a number of times. Its industrial plant was repeatedly destroyed by troops of both sides. Harpers Ferry never recovered economically, and a series of devastating floods in the late 19th cent. ended all hopes for revival. Despite continued flooding during the 20th cent., many old buildings remain. Of interest are the fire engine house in which John Brown was captured; the John Brown Museum; and the old steps, hand-carved (early 1800s) into the natural stone, which lead to Robert Harper's house (1775–82) and to Jefferson Rock. The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (est. 1963; 2,343 acres/949 hectares) attracts many visitors (see National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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, table).

Harpers Ferry

scene of Brown’s aborted slave uprising. [Am. Hist.: John Jameson, 220]
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Cocking serrations are found on both sides of the slide in front of the rear sight and the left side of the slide is marked "HARPERS FERRY ARMORY" with the Harpers Ferry logo found on both sides of the slide below the rear sight.
He spent 13 years as a frontline interpreter at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Washington Monument.
Harpers Ferry is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
Brown assembled a small force of 16 whites and five blacks at a farmhouse outside Harpers Ferry. Leaving three of them behind as a temporary rearguard, he and his men cut the telegraph wires east and west of the town and stormed the armoury.
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Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Muhammad Matthews of the Harpers Ferry engineering department volunteered the day before to deliver supplies and play basketball with students at Bangbang Elementary School.
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After college, Foltz worked for the National Park Service in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and the National Forest Service in Fairplay, Colo., where he sharpened his skills in multimedia presentations and photography.
The trips offered by this program help utilize local historic sites for education--places such as Gettysburg, Antietam (Sharpsburg), Harpers Ferry, Manassas (Bull Run), Monticello, and various Revolutionary War and Native American sites.
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