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History, hiking and haunts in Harpers Ferry


HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — The beautiful and historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is just 70 miles northwest of the heart of D.C. It’s a site that attracts families, history lovers and those seeking some seriously breathtaking sights. 

The view from Harpers Ferry shows where West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland come together. Original historical structures sit beside more modern commercial and residential buildings. 

Its location and charm give plenty of reason to visit, but its rich history truly makes it a destination worth remembering. 

“When we work in places like this, we’re always aware of what it takes to preserve American memory,” said park ranger Melinda Day. “And how to do that is usually through stories and big objects like this.” 

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