Harpers Ferry

A town forged in history. Rich in culture. Abundant with experiences. Harpers Ferry is the ideal destination for travelers of all types. The town is situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and features some of West Virginia’s most unique history. Explore the streets of the town and trace your way through key moments of early American history. Experience exquisite dining, locally owned shops, extraordinary museums, scenic hiking trails and so much more. Located just one hour outside of Washington D.C., Harpers Ferry is easily accessible and an experience you won’t forget.

Dining

Hamilton’s Tavern 1840 offers not only a mouthwatering menu but a comfortable dining environment where the staff treats guests like family. Pan scorched sprouts and sweet pea risotto are a few dishes you can expect to find on their menu. The Almost Heaven Pub and Grill has pub style food, locally crafted beer and indoor/outdoor seating available. The building dates back to the 1830s and has been recently renovated. Just know you don’t have to go far to find delicious flavors. 

Entertainment

Walk your way through John Brown’s life and his raid on Harpers Ferry at the John Brown Wax Museumlocated in a historic building that was standing during John Brown’s raid. The Barn of Harpers Ferry is a bar and event venue located in a peaceful setting. Here, experience live music, local craft beer and even lodging accommodations. 

Shopping

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, check out True Treats Historic Candy, the nation’s only research-based historic candy store specializing in candy from the first in history through the mid-1900s. Sample old-time chocolate or gummy candy. This is one store you can act like a kid in. The Vintage Lady, a unique boutique, offers beautiful jewelry, knickknacks and printed photography. 

Recreation

Visit “The Point” and gaze upon West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia from where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet. As part of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, this area offers endless hiking, biking and outdoor adventure. Stop by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitors Center to learn more about one of the most popular hiking trails in the world. Rafting and watersports are popular too. Float, paddle and raft your way down the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. And while you’re on the water, cast a line and reel in a smallmouth bass, which are common in this area.

History

Many prominent figures in American history have visited Harpers Ferry over the years, and Thomas Jefferson once wrote that the view from Harpers Ferry was “one of the most stupendous scenes in nature.” Learn the incredible story of John Brown and his raid on Harpers Ferry at John Brown’s Fort. Visit the spot where John Brown made his stand and helped spark the beginning of the Civil War. Take in the Shenandoah River vista from the steps of the historic St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church atop Harpers Ferry. Learn about the important roles the church has played over the years, including its stint as a hospital during the Civil War.

Stay

The Angler’s Inn Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of fishing. The spacious inn offers gourmet style breakfast, afternoon refreshments and a large porch to unwind. The Town’s Inn is located just steps away from everything Harpers Ferry has to offer. The quaint 1840s building is the perfect backdrop in this historical town. Between hostels, vacation homes and bed and breakfast, you’ll find all the comforts of home in the Eastern Panhandle.  

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