The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation was started by former Mayor James Addy in 1999. It was Mayor Addy’s efforts that brought together a group of citizens who wanted to preserve and protect the local history of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar beyond the restricted scope of the National Historical Park and the Harpers Ferry Park Association.
Under Addy’s leadership the National Historical Park dedicated a room in the renovated train station to Fontaine Beckham who was the Mayor of Harpers Ferry during the John Brown raid.
Monies raised through the Foundation later supported an Eagle Scout project that created stone steps through the historic Harper Cemetery. Under the leadership of Don Alexander, the Foundation raised funds for the $2.4 million Potomac Street Revitalization Project completed in 2018.