John Brown Sesquicentennial at Harpers Ferry October 16th

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the 150th Quad-State Committee, from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, are planning and coordinating a range of commemoration events … dramatic productions, exhibits, academic lectures, special tours and much more.

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SHAF members are encouraged especially to act as volunteers to assist visitors gathering for and attending the “Proceed to the Ferry” event at and near the Harpers Ferry Park on Friday, October 16th.  Please contact SHAF President Tom Clemens if you’d like to help.

This exciting event will precisely coincide in place and hour with John Brown’s 6-mile travel from the Kennedy Farm to the Ferry on the fateful night of 16 October 1862, as his Raid on the Federal Arsenal began.

A complete schedule of commemoration events at the Park are online from the Park Service webpage and more about the special hike from

SHAF Workday at the Battlefield

A reminder for all about SHAF’s next Battlefield Work Day.

It will be Saturday, November 14th, and we’ll meet at the Visitor’s Center Parking lot at 9 o’clock am.

Bring gloves, water, and dress for both the work and the weather. We plan to work for 3 or 4 hours but will cancel if there is a steady rain or other severe weather.

If we have enough volunteers we’ll plan to work both at clearing brush and debris along the Piper Farm Lane and planting saplings as part of the restoration of the East Woods.

Contact SHAF for more information.

For more details on the tree planting program call 301-432-2243 and ask for Joe Calzarette, Natural Resources