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Walking Through History

The U.S. Civil Rights movement can be said to have been advanced in Harpers Ferry, not only by the famous John Brown Raid, but through Storer College, the state’s first institution to provide secondary education to black citizens. Harpers Ferry – primarily due to Storer – also attracted permanent black residents, vacationers, entrepreneurs, and civil rights leaders like Frederick Douglass and W. E. B. DuBois.

Due to popular demand, the…

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Bolivar Project Earns Excellence in Preservation Award

The rescue of a distinctive historic home in Bolivar has been recognized with an Excellence in Preservation Award by the Harpers Ferry – Bolivar Historic Town Foundation. The annual award highlights the work of Pam Leonard and John Flower for their contribution to maintaining and enhancing the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our community. Their preservation of the long-neglected house at…

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Is It Spring Yet?

Like you, we are eagerly waiting for the weather to improve so that we can get outside and partake in some fun activities around town. One activity you can do yourself is our Harpers Ferry Black Heritage Walking Tour. Get some fresh air and learn about all sorts of fascinating historical figures such as Dr. Madison Briscoe.

Madison S. Briscoe was…

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Delores Foster

Recollections of Growing Up in Harpers Ferry

By Dolores Jackson Foster

Ms. Jackson Foster is a Foundation board member and native of Harpers Ferry. After graduating from Shepherd College (now Shepherd University), she taught at her former high school, Page-Jackson High School in Charles Town.   She moved to New Jersey and, after 40 years, retired as an Elementary School Principal.   In 2014 she moved back to Harpers Ferry and spends her time as a volunteer for community…

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In Memory of a Special Teacher

By Lynn Pechuekonis, Foundation Board Member

If you have ever visited Cedar Hill cemetery, you may have noticed one gravestone that stands out among the gray granite and marble because of its sandy-tan color. It bears the name Saunders on the front side on large letters.

This striking headstone was placed in honor of a beloved wife and local teacher, Inez Johnson Saunders.

Inez grew up in Summers County, West Virginia, home…

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Who was “OB”?

By Bonnie Zampino, Foundation Board Member

Carved deeply in the white-painted wooden trim of an exterior doorway of a yellow brick house, the letters “OB” stand out in stark and dark relief.

Below those letters are further etchings, although much harder to read.

There appears to be an “F,” some numbers, an unidentifiable letter and a “Y” next to it, and the numbers “54.”

After 160 years, its not easy to make out…

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Happy Holidays and New Year from Us to You!

‘Tis the time of year where residents of Harpers Ferry go from living in a beautiful and historic town to a life-sized Christmas snow globe (minus the snow) or a charming model train station depending on your holiday toy preference. Indeed, it does not get more picturesque than Harpers Ferry and Bolivar during the holiday season.

On December 4, the Foundation hosted its Harpers Ferry Tour of Historic Inns to…

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We’re Famous… In Crawford County, Iowa!

Well, not the Foundation exactly, but our own Bonnie Zampino was recognized last month in the Denison Bulletin Review based out of Crawford County, Iowa for her work identifying the unmarked grave of Percy Schofield, a Civil War soldier buried in the Dow City Cemetery.

It’s a remarkable story that begins with Bonnie’s research into the signatures of Civil War soldiers inscribed on the walls of the Harpers Ferry Oddfellows…

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Fall Happenings

We’ve been staying busy and having fun this fall thanks to cooperative weather, awesome volunteers and wonderful supporters!

Most recently, on November 6, we held our Fall Festival to benefit First Zion Baptist Church. First Zion Baptist Church is a preservation project of the Foundation with the goal of creating a community cultural arts center. The festival included a high-end rummage sale, grilled brats and other snacks and live music,…

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A Word from One of Our Boy Scout Volunteer Partners

The following post is by Jayden Hill, a Boy Scout who lives in Bolivar. He and his troop have been a great help to our Foundation by lending a helping hand on a number of projects. Most recently, they helped us plant the shade garden at First Zion. In this post, Jayden talks about his recent volunteer activities and what he loves so much about Harpers Ferry. Thanks for…

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