Harpers Ferry | National Park Foundation

Harpers Ferry is about more than just one date or individual, but a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation’s history. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, John Brown, “Stonewall” Jackson, and Frederick Douglass are just a few of the prominent individuals who left their mark on this place.

Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown’s attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.

Tubman, the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductor, risked her life repeatedly to guide nearly 70 enslaved people to freedom in the North.


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