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Harpers Ferry West Virginia
By: Craig Shipp

Harper's Ferry, West Virginia was first settled in 1732 by Peter Stephens whose "squatter's rights" were bought in 1747 by Robert Harper, for whom the town was named, and who first operated ferries across the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers at that point. Incorporated by the Circuit Court in 1872. President George Washington asked Congress in 1794 for an Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Building was commenced in 1796. Scene of John Brown's raid in 1859. Site of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park with over half-million visitors each year.

Lowest point in the state, the elevation being but 247 feet above sea level at Potomac River level.

Harpers Ferry owns and operates it's own municipal waterworks. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad and Amtrak operates through Harpers Ferry. Organizations: Lion's Club, Masonic Lodge, IOOF, and Woman's Club.

Population: estimated 310; police department; volunteer fire department; fully equipped rescue unit; elections held every two years on the second Tuesday in June.

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Other Nearby Points of Interest:
[Sharpsburg, MD] [Shephardstown, West Virginia]


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