Trip Planner:   USA  /  West Virginia  /  Harpers Ferry  /  John Brown's Fort

John Brown's Fort, Harpers Ferry

4.0
#4 of 10 in Historic Sites in Harpers Ferry
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Create an itinerary including John Brown's Fort
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 fame when it was John Brown's refuge during his 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry. It is the only surviving building of the Armory; the others were destroyed during the Civil War.

The building quickly became a tourist attraction; the words John Brown's Fort—a new name—were painted over the three doors, to attract tourists. It has been moved four times, and for most of its history was preserved on the Harpers Ferry campus of the historically black Storer College, until moved back to near its original location by the National Park Service.

In 2016 the building was honored with a U.S. quarter.
See John Brown's Fort and all Harpers Ferry has to offer by arranging your trip with our Harpers Ferry trip maker.
Source
Create a full itinerary - for free!

John Brown's Fort reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
150 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Kind of where the civil war really started. While there a tour guide stopped in and he shared a lot of really interesting information about thr building and the area. Building moved 4 times! 80% of... 
    Kind of where the civil war really started. While there a tour guide stopped in and he shared a lot of really interesting information about thr building and the area. Building moved 4 times! 80% of...  more »
  • A very powerful historic site for the United States. Well worth the visit. The museum had three short videos that were worth watching. We enjoyed our visit. It is about a 2-3 hour duration for the... 
    A very powerful historic site for the United States. Well worth the visit. The museum had three short videos that were worth watching. We enjoyed our visit. It is about a 2-3 hour duration for the...  more »
Google
  • It was amazing it’s $20 a car but that gives you 3 day access and you can hike it or ride the bus for free “ don’t forget your mask” and no pets allowed on bus. It was an amazing experience ❤️
  • Beautiful day! A lot of history... take a few hours to stroll through the town. FYI - parking is very limited. The National Park runs shuttles every few minutes to the town...but there is park fee

Plan your trip to Harpers Ferry

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.