John Brown's Fort, Harpers Ferry

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
John Brown's Fort was originally constructed in 1848 for use as a guard and fire engine house by the federal Harpers Ferry Armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (since 1863, West Virginia).

An 1848 military report described the building as "An engine and guard-house 35 1/2 x 24 feet, one story brick, covered with slate, and having copper gutters and down spouts…" The building achieved notoriety during John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

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  • The fort itself is not as important as the history behind it. The trail and historical markers are worth seeing the history itself is incredible. The fort itself is a small part of the overall...  more »
  • This building takes minutes to see as it consists of one tiny room. However it's one of the most important buildings in America. It was the building John Brown met his demise after his failed raid on....  more »
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  • There was so much to see here for old town enthusiasts, Civil War buffs, and hikers. I would highly recommend planning to spend a minimum of 4 hours here. Most everything is very walkable.
  • Harper's Ferry is so lovely. We like to go and hike around and get ice cream. They used to have a sit down restaurant with a good menu but it is closed and another opened in it place. I don't remember the names but now the food is more like sandwiches, burgers and bar food. Nothing special. However, we like to pack picnic lunches and eat outside overlooking the water anyways.

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