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Discover the Natural Beauty of West Virginia on Your Next Hiking Trip

July 8, 2020 7:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Many people travel to Harpers Ferry, WV for the incredible hiking opportunities—and with the COVID-19 pandemic making other types of vacations less desirable, if not impossible, getting away to get out into nature can be the best way to get away from it all. As always, take the proper health precautions in addition to practicing hiking safety, and be prepared for potential delays or closures. Are you ready to explore Harpers Ferry through its hiking trails? Here are some of the best views you can find. Appalachian National Scenic Trail Harpers Ferry is the midpoint on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which spans over 2,000 miles. You can hike all or part of the trail, depending on your stamina (and... View Article

Harper’s Ferry: Storer College History

June 13, 2017 10:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Following the Civil war there were over 30,000 newly freed slaves in the Shenandoah Valley. Recognizing the need for education, the Freedman’s Bureau, the Freewill Baptists of New England and John Storer came together and Storer College was born. The school survived for 88 years, enriching the lives of hundreds of students. The first building to open its doors to students was the Lockwood House, formerly the U.S. Armory Paymaster’s home. In 1865, as a representative of New England’s Freewill Baptist Home Misssion Society, Reverend Nathan Brackett established a primary school in the war-torn building and began teaching reading, writing and arithmetic to students. From Harpers Ferry, Rev. Brackett directed he efforts of dedicated missionary teachers, who provided a basic... View Article

Storer College

June 13, 2017 10:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Following the Civil War, the Reverend Dr. Nathan Cook Brackett established a Freewill Baptist primary school in the Lockwood House on Camp Hill. Brackett’s tireless efforts to establish freedmen’s schools in the area inspired a generous contribution from philanthopist John Storer of Sanford, Maine, who offered $10,000 for the establishment of a school in the South. The donation was offered on the condition that the school be open to all regardless of sex, race or religion. On October 2, 1867, “Storer Normal School” was opened, and two years later, in December 1869, the federal government formally conveyed the Lockwood House and three other former Armory residences on Camp Hill to the school’s trustees. Frederick Douglass served as a trustee of... View Article