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Harpers Ferry park expected to get $2.5M

April 22, 2009

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is expected to receive about $2.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for upgrades to the park, U.S. Sen. John Rockefeller and U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd announced Wednesday.

The money will be used to repair and upgrade park intrusion and fire alarm systems, repair roofs on 11 buildings and weatherproof the historic Lockwood House, according to a joint announcement from Rockefeller and Byrd, both D-W.Va.

The money also will be used to make upgrades to the Harpers Ferry Center, including upgrading fire and security alarm systems, rehabilitating the attic of the historic Byrd Brady house and renovating the historic Anthony Library at Storer College, according to the announcement.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park spans across thousands of acres near the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and it sheds light on history, including the site of a former federal armory that was captured by abolitionist John Brown and his followers in 1859.

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