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John Brown's Fort

John Brown’s Fort as it’s become known was built in 1848 to house the Armory’s fire engine.It was the only Armory building to survive the Civil War.

In 1891 the building was sold and moved to Chicago for The World’s Columbian Exposition.

1895 saw the fort moved again, Back to the Harpers Ferry area and rebuilt on the Alexander Murphy farm.

In 1909 the Engine house was moved to the Storer College campus in Harpers Ferry.

The National Park Service acquired the building in 1960 and moved it to it’s present location in 1968.
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Harpers Ferry is named for Robert Harper who settled their some time around 1747

The Harpers Ferry Arsenal was established in 1799

The Engine House ( John Brown's Fort ) was built in 1848

John Brown and 21 of his followers attacked Harpers Ferry on October 16,1859 Found guilty of treason, Brown was executed on December 2, 1859 in nearby Charels Town VA.

Harpers Ferry changed hands eight times during the Civil War. The town was captured for the last time by Stonewall Jackson on September 15, 1862

The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park was created on June 30, 1944

The Park is located in three states
West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland.


A walkers guide to Harpers Ferry
By David T. Gilbert

To purge this land with Blood
Stephen B. Oates

Six years of Hell Harpers Ferry during the Civil War
By Chester G. Hearn

Harpers Ferry Armory and the new Technology
By Merritt Roe Smith
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park NPS site
I, John brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood...... John Brown
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Photographs by Geographic Location
Album 1. Harpers Ferry views
Historic Photographs and Art
Black & White Photographs of Harpers Ferry WV.
Sepia Photographs of Harpers Ferry WV.