Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia
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.
Harpers Ferry facts
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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
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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