When considering reservations at a bed and breakfast in Harpers Ferry, WV, we hope you’ll consider staying with us! Lily Garden Bed & Breakfast is located in the historic district and offers comfortable amenities. We are centrally located near the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, which is celebrating the National Park Service Centennial this year. There are still many events to enjoy at the end of the year. Here is what you can look forward to when you visit the park.
Go back in time at Harpers Ferry National Park
Harpers Ferry National Park is a part of Harpers Ferry, WV. It is a historic community located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
The area is full of compelling history. Established by Robert Harper in 1751, Harpers Ferry later hosted the federal Harpers Ferry Armory due to the availability of hydropower. Meriwether Lewis visited the armory to collect supplies for his Northwest adventure. Abolitionist John Brown attempted to capture the armory in 1859 to arm slaves and establish a rebellion.
These stories and more are presented through living history and exhibits. Museum displays include the Top 10 Dangers in the 19th Century Home, 10 Tokens of Love and the Top 10 Rare and Endangered Artifacts.
Hiking trails open up opportunities to explore historic sites and enjoy nature. Trail ratings range from easy to strenuous in order to accommodate many fitness levels. If you decide on a walk through what is left of the original settlements, be aware of any trespass warnings, and be careful. Ruins are fragile, and common sense helps preserve them.
If you time your visit right, there are special programs that help you get to know the park and the area better. One of these opportunities includes the National Park Service Centennial.
Celebrate the Centennial
On August 25, 1916, Congress passed the National Park Service Organic Act. The law was the start of a national park system that continues to educate people to this day. Four hundred parks emerged from the law, including Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.
The celebration occurred all through 2016, and even this late in the year, there are still activities to enjoy. There is literally something for everybody. A fall foliage walk occurs October 17, 24 and 31, and is perfect for the nature lover. You can also enjoy living history events every weekend in October, including a cider making class at White Hall Tavern on Potomac Street. The last living history event for the year is Captain Flagg’s U.S. Quartermaster City 1864, which addresses the end of the Civil War.
If you are interested in hands-on workshops, there is one on cheese making during the first weekend of November, and a Victorian candy making workshop on December 3 and 4. You will have to check the website closer to the time of the workshop for location information.
Plan a visit and make your reservations at Lily Garden Bed and Breakfast in Harpers Ferry, WV. We look forward to meeting you and providing accommodations as you enjoy the history of our National Park System.
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