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Historic First Zion Baptist Church in Harpers Ferry

By Lynn Pechuekonis (Vice Chair, Harpers Ferry – Bolivar Historic Town Foundation)

The congregation of worshippers known as First Zion Baptist Church first planted their roots in Harpers Ferry in the early 1890s, having made…

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Harpers Ferry Home Preservation Earns 2024 Honors

The rehabilitation of a nineteenth-century home in Harpers Ferry has been recognized with an Excellence in Preservation Award by the Harpers Ferry – Bolivar Historic Town Foundation. The annual award in 2024 highlights the…

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Agnes May Greene Twyman Day

Our communities lost a beloved treasure of a lady in January, and we are so pleased that her legacy will now be honored in a special way. Both Bolivar and Harpers Ferry have…

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First Zion Rehab

The First Zion Baptist Church building stands as a monument to the thriving African American community that once populated our towns.


In 2016, the Harpers Ferry – Bolivar Historic Town Foundation purchased the…

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In case you missed it, we learned at the beginning of January that the Foundation is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a program from the…

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A Perfect Ending to 2023

This holiday season was certainly full of tidings and good cheer for the Foundation!

Our Holiday Tour of Historic Homes broke our record for the most tickets sold – over 170! We are grateful to…

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Upcoming Events

We have a few exciting events coming up in the near future. Make sure to buy your tickets and mark your calendars!

Lantern Cemetery Tour

December 2 and 3, 6 p.m.

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A Heartfelt Thanks for the Step Up

All of the Foundation’s good work is thanks to the generous donations of time, funding and supplies. We would especially like to highlight Panhandle Paints for donating primer and McCormick Paints for donating paint…

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Warrior Expeditions

This past summer, the Trail and Town Alliance, a standing committee of the Foundation, coordinated the hosting of 15 veterans hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) through Warrior Expeditions. Warrior Expeditions is a veteran…

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Oral History Project

The Foundation’s oral history project serves to capture the stories from our region.  Led by trained local volunteers, we aim to document and preserve oral histories from a diverse range of long-time residents and…

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