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Harper's Ferry National Historic Park - History
By National Park Service
Jan 26, 2005, 04:18



Harper's Ferry National Historic Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, John Brown, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Frederick Douglass are just a few of the prominent individuals who left their mark on this place.

The story of Harpers Ferry is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It involves a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.

Source: National Park Service

"Jefferson Rock. Harper's Ferry, W. Va." This postcard was published by W.E. Dittmeyer, a pharmacist at Harpers Ferry, in 1910. Year: 1910. Image Credit: Historic Photo Collection, Harpers Ferry NHP.


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