Harpers Ferry Historic District is a great place to visit and its only one hour away from either Baltimore or DC. We are only suppose to cover historic districts that are in Maryland, but we just have to make an exception. There’s just too many fun things to do in this town during the weekends.
Harpers Ferry is located in the historic town of Jefferson County, West Virginia with a population of 313. It is situated on the Potomac and Shenandoah river on the border of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The town is located on a low-lying flood plain created by the two rivers surrounded by hills. Harpers Ferry is best known during the Civil War, it was a battle field between Union and Confederate soldiers and the venue for John Brown’s raid in the Armory (1859).
The lower part of Harpers Ferry is located within Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park and the remainder is the populated part of Harpers Ferry Historic District. The two other places on the National Register of Historic Places nearby are the B & O Railroad Potomac River Crossing and St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) headquarters is located in Harpers Ferry. It’s the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail extending from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Harpers Ferry is the only town in which the Appalachian Trail passes directly as a supply town while offering a variety of outdoor activities.
Harpers Ferry is a popular tourist destination in the area and very famous for its scenic view on the top of the hill overlooking the town, the Shenandoah River, the Patapsco River, the trains and the bordering states (MD, VA and WV). It is a very popular outdoor destination with activities ranging from white water rafting, fishing, mountain biking, tubing, canoeing, hiking, zip lining and rock climbing.