John Brown's Fort, Harpers Ferry

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John Brown's Fort was originally constructed in 1848 for use as a guard and fire engine house by the federal Harpers Ferry Armory in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, then a part of Virginia.


An 1848 military report described the building as "An engine and guard-house 35 1/2 x 24 feet, one story brick, covered with slate, and having copper gutters and down spouts…" The building achieved notoriety during John Brown's Raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory in 1859.
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  • Beautiful historic building. We visited in late November and were able to park nearby, so it was an easy walk to view. Very close to The Point. If we'd only had more time to explore...  more »
  • This old building was the fire house of the Harpers Ferry arsenal where John Brown and his collaborators barricaded themselves after their ill fated raid. The raiders were surrounded and the...  more »
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  • There was so much to see here for old town enthusiasts, Civil War buffs, and hikers. I would highly recommend planning to spend a minimum of 4 hours here. Most everything is very walkable.
  • Harper's Ferry is so lovely. We like to go and hike around and get ice cream. They used to have a sit down restaurant with a good menu but it is closed and another opened in it place. I don't remember the names but now the food is more like sandwiches, burgers and bar food. Nothing special. However, we like to pack picnic lunches and eat outside overlooking the water anyways.

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