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Harpers Ferry

September 12 - 15, 1862

Jefferson County, West Virginia

Nestled beneath Maryland, Bolivar, and Loudoun Heights at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the town of Harpers Ferry is a place where natural beauty meets historical significance. Well preserved by the National Park Service, this quaint and historic town offers access to battlefields, hiking trails, and museums.

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Essential To-Do List:
Harpers Ferry

Get the most out of your Civil War battlefield visit by exploring these recommended To-Dos.

Stand in John Brown's Fort

Few towns are as well suited to tell the story of the coming of the Civil War -- and the war's terrible consequences -- as Harpers Ferry, the town that John Brown made infamous.

Cross the Potomac and Climb Maryland Heights

Though the climb can be tough (too tough for Abraham Lincoln), the view of the town and the confluence of the rivers is truly breathtaking.

Stand at the Confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers

Harpers Ferry is situated in a very strategic spot, but also a very beautiful one.

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The Civil War 150: An Essential To-Do List for the 150th Anniversary features top suggestions for the tours, museums, books, movies and other activities that every true Civil War aficionado should seek out during the four-year sesquicentennial commemoration.

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