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Harpers Ferry reenactor

Event Calendar

Every month offers a variety of exciting events in Jefferson County. From craft fairs and street festivals to civil-war re-enactments and food festivals – Jefferson County has it all. Check out these events so you don’t miss a thing.

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Break

April 20, 2019

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Harpers Ferry Lower Town

Behind White Hall Tavern

Visitors are welcome to learn about the trade of baking, see the beehive oven in use and purchase fresh baked goods.

The Birds of Virginius Island

April 27, 2019

10:00 am

Location: Lower Town, The Green, Harpers Ferry

Description: Step outside onto today’s nature-filled Virginius Island for a bird-watching hike with Deb Hale, a local birding enthusiast and volunteer of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. Bring your binoculars and see if you can spy a few of the 170 bird species of Harpers Ferry as you follow trails that weave past factory ruins and canals. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration is required be calling 304-535-2908.

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Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, April 27, 2019

NEW LOCATION

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sam Michael’s Park

235 Sam Michael’s Park Lane

Harpers Ferry, WV

The 3rd annual Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival is moving to a new location this year, to Sam Michael’s Park in the heart of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia on Saturday, April 27th, 11am to 5pm. Featuring over 50 carefully selected regional artists and artisans, food trucks serving local cuisine, local musicians performing live all day, bounce houses to entertain the children, artist demonstrations, and free admission, the festival typically draws in thousands of families from all across the region. Focusing on Earth Day-related pieces and Mother’s Day gifts, artists were chosen carefully to represent the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountain region and Appalachia. The first 50 attendees will receive swag bags filled with handcrafted gifts from the artists, and all attendees will be entered into a drawing to win door prizes donated by local businesses and artists. A silent auction will occur at the festival, as well, to raise money for Bethany House, a local homeless shelter. With scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, amongst a beautiful tree-lined park setting, this year’s festival is shaping up to be an amazing experience for all.

Contact: Michelle Kwiatkowski or Lleona Chew, organizers 202-525-6076

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The Machine in the Garden

April 27, 2019

2:00 pm

Location: Camp Hill, Mather Training Center, Harpers Ferry

Description: Explore the drastic differences between the past and present of Virginius Island. Join former Harpers Ferry NHP archeologist Dr. Paul Shackel for a talk about how the 1990s study of Virginius Island informed our understanding of the location’s industrial and social history.

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64th Annual House and Garden Tour

Of Historic Berkeley and Jefferson Counties, WV

Saturday and Sunday

April 27 & 28, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Complete Tour: $25 Adults, $10 Children

Single Admission: $8.00 Adults, $5.00 Children


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Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology

May 25

Time and Location to be determined

Description: Dr. Merritt Roe Smith, the Leverett and William Cutten Professor of the History of Technology at MIT, examines Harpers Ferry’s role in the industrial revolution - specifically John Hall’s success in the use of interchangeable parts, which created the “American System of Manufacturing.”

This program marks the 200th anniversary of John Hall’s arrival in Harpers Ferry.

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WVHTA Annual Golf Tournament

June 9 & 10, 2019

Join us for one of our largest events of the year. The tournament is a 4 person scramble. This year our host is the Bavarian Inn and Cress Creek Country Club in Shepherdstown, WV. WVHTA room blocks are secured at the Bavarian Inn and the Clarion Inn in Shepherdstown. Room block is under "WVHTA Golf Tournament."

Bavarian Inn: Potomac View Rooms - $135 per night. Manor View - $115 per night. 304-876-2551

Clarion Inn: Double Room - $115 per night. 304-876-7000

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75th Anniversary Weekend Celebrations

June 28-June 30, 2019

Harpers Ferry became a national monument in 1944. Celebrate three days of special events and programs celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Schedule of events available online: go.nps.gov/HarpersFerry75

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Medical Weekend: Giving Aid and Comfort

July 27-28, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Harpers Ferry Lower Town, Hamilton Street

Living History staff and volunteers portray the medical and relief efforts provided to soldiers during the Civil War.

Slave Dwelling Project Public Talk

August 17, 2019

Time and location to be determined

Description: Join Joseph McGill, founder of the non-profit Slave Dwelling Project, for a public talk about the preservation of extant slave dwellings and his work to “to bring historians, students, faculty, writers, legislators, organizations, corporations, artists and the general public together to educate, collaborate and organize resources to save these important collectibles of our American history.”

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Slave Dwelling Project Overnight Experience

August 17, 2019

Time and location to be determined

The park will also host a fireside chat and overnight experience with Joseph McGill, founder of the non-profit Slave Dwelling Project. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for the overnight experience, register at: http://slavedwellingproject.org/.

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1862 Siege and Capture of Harpers Ferry

September 14, 2019

10:00 am

Location: Bolivar Heights

Description: Historian and former Harpers Ferry ranger Kevin Pawlak leads a battlefield tour on Bolivar Heights, the scene of the largest surrender of US troops on this continent.

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The Assault on Maryland Heights, the Naval Battery

September 14, 2019

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Maryland Heights Naval Battery

Description: Step back in time to September 1862 when the town fell to Confederate forces, experience breathtaking views, and discuss the significance of this battle. Join former park ranger Sam Cathey and living history volunteers at the Maryland Heights Naval Battery. A guided hike to the Naval Battery will start from The Green at 1:30 pm. You may also stop by the information or visitor center to pick up directions and a trail map.

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44th Annual Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival

September 27-29th, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily

NEW LOCATION—Jefferson County, WV Fairgrounds

1707 Old Leetown Pike

Kearneysville, WV 25430

General Admission $7.00 at the gate, $5.00 in advance https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2...

Meet 200 carefully selected and prejudged Artisans demonstrating and showcasing their work

Hear Bluegrass music on Saturday and Sunday

Taste wines and craft beer

Participate in Children’s activities

See the Car Show on Sunday

One of the top judged festivals in America!

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160th Anniversary of John Brown’s Raid - Lower Town Walking Tour

October 16, 2019

10:00 am

Location: Harpers Ferry NHP, Lower Town

Description: Join former park ranger David Fox for two tours commemorating the 160th anniversary of John Brown’s Raid. In the morning, meet on The Green for a walking tour of key locations of the 1859 raid.

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160th Anniversary of John Brown’s Raid - Charles Town Walking Tour

October 16, 2019

2:00 pm

Location: Charles Town Court House in Charles Town, WV

Description: Join former park ranger David Fox for two tours commemorating the 160th anniversary of John Brown’s Raid. In the afternoon, join Mr. Fox in nearby Charles Town to learn about the aftermath of the raid and Brown’s trial and execution.

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Drink Your Apples—Historic Cider Making

October 26-27, 2019

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Harpers Ferry Lower Town-White Hall Tavern

Learn the time-honored tradition of preserving harvest-time apples by making cider.

Captain Flagg’s US Quartermaster City, 1864: Prospects of Peace

December 7-8, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Harpers Ferry Lower Town

Experience this yuletide event from the war that determined the union of the states and the eventual freedom of four million enslaved people.