Parts of Harper Ferry park set to reopen

March 25, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Several museums and trails at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park are scheduled to reopen on Saturday after months of work to repair damage caused by two floods in 1996.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park spokeswoman Marsha B. Starkey said work will continue in areas damaged by the floods and is expected to cost $3 million.

The areas scheduled to reopen Saturday include: the John Brown Museum, the Industrial Museum, Black Voices from Harpers Ferry exhibit, the Hamilton Street-Shenandoah River shoreline, and the Discovery Trail on Virginius Island.


An expanded book shop will open at the shops former location on Shenandoah Street, she said.

Work is expected to continue through 1998 and will include stabilization of the ruins and raceway on Virginius Island and additional work on historic bridge piers, she said.

Volunteer cleanup efforts continue, including work at the Potomac Wayside on April 5, to ready that area for commercial rafting, canoeing and kayaking.

Starkey said that the floods caused numerous trees to topple and washed debris onto the banks.

Park officials marked the 1996 high-water marks on an exhibit of past floods, she said.

A flood has hit the town about once every 10 years, Stuckey said.

The unusual thing about 1996 was that there were two floods in one year, with the second flood damaging some of the areas repaired after the January 1996 flooding.

Information about park activities can be obtained by calling 304-535-6298 or on the World Wide Web at (

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