St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Harpers Ferry

#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Harpers Ferry
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia occupies a prominent location on the heights above Harpers Ferry. The original church was built in 1833 in a pseudo-Gothic style which it kept through the Civil War, the only church in Harpers Ferry to escape destruction during the war. The church was extensively altered in 1896 in the then-popular Neo-Gothic style to produce the church seen today. The church commands a sweeping vista across the gorge of the Shenandoah River above its confluence with the Potomac River. The street along the side of the church building is part of the Appalachian Trail. A short trail leads from the church to Jefferson Rock. St. Peter's Church is a mission church of St. James in Charles Town. A Mass is offered at the historic church Sunday at 11 a.m.
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  • Located a short walk up the hill from the historic buildings along the river. Nice view from the front of the church. Nice interior with some pretty stained glass. Definitely worth a stop when...  more »
  • Perched atop the highest point in Lower Town. Built in 1833 for the growing melting pot community including the large Irish immigrant settlers. The Church/Schoolhouse escaped damage during the Civil.....  more »
  • Beautiful views in early spring and fall on full moon days as the moon rises over church while setting sun shines on the church. Usually few days before full moon is perfect time. Like Harvest Moon.
  • The stairs going to the church is a little bit scary, so you really have to hold onto the rails so you won’t fall. It was closed when we went there. But it looks really nice outside. My mom hopes she could get in and see the inside though.

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