Harpers Ferry Journals

Harpers Ferry, WV

A travel journal to Harpers Ferry by Kim M.

Harpers Ferry Historical Realty Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia More Photos
Quote: I am in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, almost every day and thought that I might be able to offer some useful information.

Harpers Ferry, WV

Overview

Train Tunnel Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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Harpers Ferry is located approximately 60 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., in the state of West Virginia. The town is one-third private and two-thirds national park. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park also extends into Maryland and Virginia. This is an easy day trip from the D.C. area, but there are also accommodations for overnight stays. Options include hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and camping. Note that there is actually no apostrophe in the town name. It is "Harpers Ferry," not "Harper's Ferry," as you'll see on the front of the post office.Quick Tips: Visit Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to learn the long and complex story of this town. Entrance fees are only per f...Read More

King's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "King's Pizza & Italian Restaurant"

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This no-frills Italian restaurant has great pizza. This is my favorite pizza as far as crust goes--salty and doughy--mmm. I highly recommend getting the Italian sausage on your pizza. They also have sub sandwiches, salads, and Italian entrees (mainly pastas). As I said, this is a no-frills sort of place. There are a couple of booth tables in the front room in front of the counter, as well as a side room with a few more tables and chairs. There isn't really a decor, per se, but that's not the point for me. I think that the pizza here is really delicious! I have also had a sandwich, which was also good, though not particularly above average. I haven't tried any of the other dishes, but friends of mine ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

King's Pizza & Italian Restaurant
914 Washington St.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-2380

Country Cafe & General Store

Restaurant | "Country Cafe"

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This small local restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner. Traditional breakfast selections include eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, toast, home fries, and so on. Lunch selections find soup, sandwich, and salad varieties. You can also get a real vanilla or cherry Coke. They accept cash or check only. Personally, I really enjoy the chicken salad cold or as a melt--it seems other people must really like it too, because they're usually out unless I get there early. I'm also fond of the cheeseburger and broccoli cheese soup when they have it--the soup usually varies from day to day. The wait staff here is very nice, but you sometimes need to be patient with them when the place is busy. It's just a s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

Country Cafe & General Store
Washington St
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-2327

Anvil Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Anvil"

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The front of the restaurant is a pub with bar and tables. Pub fare is available at either. Soups, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and finger foods are available here. The back of the restaurant has a more traditional dining room serving a variety of entrees--steaks, seafood, pasta, etc., plus daily featured items. Days and hours of operation are seasonal; be sure to check. There's happy hour in the pub, which also has a fireplace, TV, and keno. The Anvil has that dark, cozy atmosphere that is so nice on a winter's day. I enjoy sitting in the pub near the fireplace. There are a few locals who are regulars here for happy hour, but visitors are certainly welcome right at the bar with everybody else. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

Anvil Restaurant
1270 W Washington St
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-2582

The Armory Pub

Restaurant

The Armory Pub Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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The Armory Pub has an outdoor deck and indoor dining. The menu includes sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, salads, etc. The pub serves West Virginia microbrews as well as familiar brands. Both lunch and dinner are available. The indoor atmosphere has historical flavor. There is a house acoustic guitar you can use to add your own special ambience. :-) Personally, I really like the chicken carbonara pizza. It''s meant for one, but I usually have to make two meals out of it! The turkey Reuben is also very good, though I usually have them hold the cranberry sauce. I would recommend this place more for small groups of people without small children. The floor plan doesn''t really lend itself to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

The Armory Pub
109 Potomac St.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-2469

Little Ponderosa Bar-B-Que

Restaurant | "Little Ponderosa"

Little Ponderosa Bar-B-Que Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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This is a barbecue specialty restaurant. Dining in a modified train car is soooo much fun for kids! There''s barbecue plates and sandwiches, fries, slaw, burgers, crab-cake sandwiches, corn fritters, and more. It''s open for breakfast and lunch, though hours and days of operation can be seasonal--call. Personally, I enjoy the pork barbecue sandwich with coleslaw and a giant Coke. The bacon sandwich is also quite tasty in the morning. If you''re weird like me, you CAN get cheese on your barbecue sandwich. It will just cost you a little extra, as will lettuce and tomato on your hamburger. Be sure to order it that way, or your burger will be naked! My friends are rather fond of getting the creamed chipp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

Little Ponderosa Bar-B-Que
201 Potomac St.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-2168

Harpers Ferry Historical Realty

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Attraction | "Harpers Ferry National Historical Park"

Harpers Ferry Historical Realty Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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Harpers Ferry NHP covers over 2,500 acres and includes part of the historic town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The town is located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, and is surrounded by beautiful rugged scenery. Park museums and exhibits cover six main themes: Civil War, John Brown and His Raid, African-American History, Industry, Transportation, and Natural History. Park rangers offer programs on a variety of topics during busier months, and special events help to bring history to life. Entrance fees are $5 per vehicle/family or $3 per person if walking or cycling in (there are special fees for groups). Entrance passes are valid for three consecutive days, allowing you to hav...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

Harpers Ferry Historical Realty
RR 340
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-2222

Annual Festival Events

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Attraction | "Annual Events"

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The town of Harpers Ferry and the national park offer several special events annually, sometimes in cooperation. In December, the merchants of Harpers Ferry present Old Tyme Christmas. Visitors will find groups of local carolers, musical performances, unique shopping and dining opportunities, and even a vintage Santa Claus. For one weekend in December, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park offers Keeping Christmas in tandem with the merchant event. Visitors can watch demonstrations of 19th-century yuletide customs, learn how to make ornaments and candies, experience period musical performances, and get a feel for the Christmas experience as affected by the Civil War climate. In July, the nation...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

Annual Festival Events
Throughout Town
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

C&O Canal

Attraction | "C&O Canal"

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The best biking in the Harpers Ferry area is on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. The towpath stretches all the way from Cumberland, Maryland, down into Georgetown. This is a wide, sandy track that follows an easy grade. Canal-boat operators once used this path to tow their boats with a mule. The towpath is across the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry, so cyclists starting from town will need to carry their bikes across the pedestrian bridge. Visitors parking at the national park visitor center will need to ride across Route 340 to access the town and bridge. For safety reasons, bike traffic is not allowed on the same road taken by the park shuttle bus. Those riding with small children ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

C&O Canal
Across the Potomac
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Gods and Generals

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Set Facades Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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Harpers Ferry was recently used as one of many filming locations for the upcoming movie Gods and Generals. Directed by Ron Maxwell, this movie focuses on the generals of the Civil War and includes actors such as Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, and Stephen Lang. The town of Harpers Ferry was actually used as the set for scenes taking place in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Early crews constructed elaborate facades to simulate period buildings. Filming took place primarily in fall of 2001. You can see the movie beginning February 21, 2003. See if you can pick out the scenes filmed at Harpers Ferry.
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River rafting, canoeing, and kayaking are also available in the Harpers Ferry area. There are several outfitters that provide these services, and a stop at the Tourist Information Center off of route 340 can be helpful in getting information. Some also enjoy tubing on their own floats or on rented tubes. Most outfitters also offer these. Because a large portion of Harpers Ferry is a national park, be sure to find out where you can pull in and out. There is a designated area for river users, complete with its own parking lot. Wet bodies are generally not allowed on the park shuttle bus, and the shuttle will not stop at the River Access parking lot. There is a flea market just past the National ...Read More

Rail Access

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CSX Cometh Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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Harpers Ferry has been a railroad town for ages. The rails still run through here, and you can see several freight trains on any given day. The MARC commuter line runs Monday through Friday with two a.m. and two p.m. trains making the trip between here and Union Station in D.C. There are other stops along the way. This is a very popular station with local commuters, and parking in the train station lot is usually full or nearly full every weekday. Amtrak''s Capitol Limited line also services this station. I can''t give you an idea of how far the train runs, but I do know that you can go to D.C., New York, and Chicago. I imagine that you can transfer to go almost anywhere. If you...Read More
John Brown's Fort Photo, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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Here are some additional photos of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The most commonly known piece of Harpers Ferry history is that it was the site of John Brown's famous raid in 1859. Planning to arm and free slaves, John Brown and his accomplices hoped to seize weapons from the U.S. Armory and Arsenal located in Harpers Ferry. The band defended themselves from inside a fire engine house that later became known as "John Brown's Fort". After having been dismantled and moved several times, the fort stands in the National Park today and is open to visitors. A white stone obelisk monument marks the original site of the engine house. A favorite scenic view in Harpers Ferry is "Th...Read More