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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, Virginia (since 1863, West 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 fame when it was John Brown's refuge during his 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry. It is the only surviving building of the Armory; the others were destroyed during the Civil War.

The building quickly became a tourist attraction; the words John Brown's Fort—a new name—were painted over the three doors, to attract tourists. It has been moved four times, and for most of its history was preserved on the Harpers Ferry campus of the historically black Storer College, until moved back to near its original location by the National Park Service.

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  • My wife and I recently visited John Brown’s Fort with friends while in Harper’s Ferry for the day. This historical site is amazing and a must see. 
    My wife and I recently visited John Brown’s Fort with friends while in Harper’s Ferry for the day. This historical site is amazing and a must see.  more »
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  • I met John Brown personally and he gave me a free tour. It was very exciting and he even gave me his autograph as well. He let me travel back in time with him and participate in the Civil War. It was very exciting.
  • Loved the history.. the shops and the trails..great scenery at the triangular point of MD VA & wVA..

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