John Brown’s Fort
Built in 1848, John Brown’s Fort was originally designed as an Engine and Guard House for the Federal Armory at Harpers Ferry, WV; then part of VA.
After John Brown’s infamous raid in 1859 the building was sold to a buyer to be used as an attraction to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Afterwards, it was dismantled and left on a vacant lot.
In 1894 the building was brought back to Harpers Ferry and reconstruction of it was finished in 1895 on land called Murphy’s Farm. Then in 1909, Storer College purchased the building and moved it to the college’s campus.
In 1960, the National Park Service acquired the building and then they moved it, in 1968, to a location close to its original site and only about 150 feet from where it once stood.
My wife and I had a great time walking around Harpers Ferry, earlier this year, and we plan on going back again soon. Now that we know the layout of the town, and what to expect, we can take our time the next time, visit the places we want and spend more time in taking a step back in time.