John Brown's Fort, Harpers Ferry

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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  • Was a quick stop when exploring Harper's ferry. Stopped for the historical value. To walk in the footsteps of the famous raid on Harper's ferry that was a precursor to the civil war.  more »
  • Being a big historian, you have to visit. Harpers ferry is one of my favorite weekend trips I love to make as often as I can !!  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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