Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

A Traveler Special Report: "Oil Trains" Pose A Significant Threat To National Parks

For more than a century, freight trains have rumbled up and over Marias Pass, skirting the south boundary of Glacier National Park, casting rolling shadows on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River below. Until recently the major threat was a grain car derailment, which on occasion left bears woozy from eating fermented grain. Today a derailment involving a 100-car train hauling highly combustible Bakken crude oil risks an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in National Park Service history.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Turns Calendar Back 150 Years

A re-enactment of Harpers Ferry's role as a supply depot during the Civil War offers visitors today a glimpse into the past, and a yuletide gathering.

Energy Saving Projects Implemented In National Parks In Greater Washington, D.C., Region

The National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This unprecedented commitment to reducing energy use and generating energy from renewable sources is the largest to date among the nine bureaus in the Department of the Interior.

Move Over Baseball, National Parks Have Trading Cards, Too

People have been collecting stuff forever. When adults visit national parks, they can collect passport stamps or pamphlets. Children earn Junior Ranger badges, though getting one takes a lot more effort and time than a passport stamp. But there’s something else out there to collect, too, and it looks a lot like baseball trading cards

Heavy Rains Causing Problems For National Park Units In And Around Washington, D.C.

Flooding problems, possible sewage overflows, and downed trees were causing problems Friday for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park, and other National Park System units in and around Washington, D.C., and officials said things could get worse this weekend.

Four-Acre Slice Of Civil War History Saved At Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Though not quite 4 acres in size, a parcel of land on the western end of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park long has been treasured by the National Park Service for the Civil War battle that raged on that land. Today that land has been protected from development and eventually will be added to the park.

Exploring The Parks: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Standing above the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Harpers Ferry holds a pivotal vantage point in the country's history, one with surprisingly deep roots.

Ghostly Tales From The National Parks: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

One place where you might not need any formal celebration to mark Halloween is Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. More than a few ghost stories swirl around this West Virginia town.

Officials At Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Preparing For The Next Big Flood

The waters that flow past Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers will rise again, to record levels, and with that in mind park officials are preparing their response plan for the next big flood.

Ken Burns' Landmark Series "The Civil War" to be Rebroadcast in Early April

Long before Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks, the filmmaker produced another multi-program epic that features several NPS areas. THE CIVIL WAR, which first aired in 1990, remains the highest-rated series in the history of American public television. The series is being rebroadcast in early April to mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America's Civil War.

Civil War Buffs, This Photo Contests For You!

Here's a photo contest for all you amateur Civil War buffs. Sponsored by the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Center for Civil War Photography, and History, the deadline to get your images in for consideration is August 31.

As the Civil War Sesquicentennial Draws Near, Endangered Battlefields Get More Federal Attention and Money

Always important, battlefield preservation takes on a renewed sense of urgency as Civil War Sesquicentennial planning shifts into high gear. The FY 2010 Interior Appropriations bill for FY 2010 will include a record $9 million for the federal Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program.

With the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War Less Than Two Years Off, Get Ready To Revisit History in National Parks

The Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War is less than two years off, so it should come as no surprise that history will be on display in the National Park System. At Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, for instance, they're already talking about John Brown's raid. This short music video summarizes the abolitionist's history.

Land Donation Will Boost Size of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park By 176 Acres

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will expand by 176 acres on Thursday as the Civil War Preservation Trust transfers a key part of the battlefield to the National Park Service during ceremonies on historic School House Ridge.

What Ghostly Encounters Might You Have in Harpers Ferry or Great Smoky Mountains?

No doubt there are more than a few national park settings where the ghouls and ghosts might come out this Hallows' Eve. As we previously mentioned, the folks at Voyageurs National Park are planning a flashlight tour with story-telling, and more scary stories are to unfold in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday evening at the Mountain Farm Museum.

How Will National Park Service React To Museum Proposal At Harpers Ferry?

Park Pork?
Two-hundred-and-fifty million dollars buys an awful lot of museum. But does that mean the latest proposal to "save" some of the private land surrounding Harpers Ferry National Historical Park from development is a good one?

Museum of the National Park Service Will be Built in West Virginia

A behind-the-scenes effort to both protect Harpers Ferry National Historical Park from neighboring development and obtain land for a Museum of the National Park Service has been pulled off.

Candlelight Vigil Planned for Harpers Ferry

Candlelight; Stephie189 Photographer.
It's been a year since a 45-foot-wide, 2,000-foot-long trench was blazed, without permission, through a portion of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to lay utility lines for a commercial development. And still the government has not taken any action against the developers. To call attention to this, a candlelight vigil is planned for August 17th at the park.
Haunted HikesIn this third edition of the Park Remark audiocast, I have a phone conversation with Andrea Lankford, who is the author of the book Haunted Hikes: Spine-Tingling Tales and Trails from North America's National Parks.
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