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John Brown's Fort

Shenandoah Street and Potomac Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
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Just one of many things to see in Harper's Ferry

If you are visiting Harper's Ferry you won't want to miss this historic site where John Brown's... read more

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Reviewed 6 days ago
delily
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Northeast Ohio
Well-Preserved Historical Building

John Brown's Fort, as the armory fire house has come to be called, is amazing, not simply because... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dcparris
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Shenandoah Street and Potomac Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are visiting Harper's Ferry you won't want to miss this historic site where John Brown's story played out. The building is not in its original location -- it was moved here from a nearby corner. There is not a lot to see. It...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

John Brown's Fort, as the armory fire house has come to be called, is amazing, not simply because it was the site of Brown's last stand, but also because the building itself has been moved several times. Even now it sits about 150 feet away...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

First, please understand this building has been moved 3-4 times. It is about 150' from where it stood when John Brown was in it. But he was, and reading the historical markers, and the markers around it, brings it all into much clearer focus. The...More

1  Thank Parrothead_at_heart
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

John Brown a big part of American history. Brown's demise may have been at Harpers Ferry but his legacy continues. This building important enough to be moved, kept and returned close to its original foundations over the generations.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

There's a lot of history at this place. If you're into that, then you will truly enjoy it. If not, take a quick picture and keep on walking.

Thank michelle3469
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Standing in this building will let you understand WHY Brown chose this as his fall-back during the 1859 raid. One way in, one way out. High windows making it hard for hostages to escape or sharpshooters to get a bead on targets. The Civil War...More

1  Thank Nathanael M
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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

It is amazing to walk around and read all about this great hero of American history. What a difference he made in the life of many to come after him.

Thank D_v_D_USA
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

This a great place to spent a day or a weekend. There is something for everyone. People who love history, this is the place. People who love to hike or rock climb, you will love it. Go for a day or weekend. Check out the...More

Thank Seeall50states
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

This is where John Brown held out, after his abortive attempt to take the Federal Armory. This is where his son died. Ironically, the commanding officer of the Marines rushed from the Navy Yard was Robert E. Lee.

Thank Patrick S
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

I'd like to give this five stars because it's a piece of history and I LOVE history. But really it was an empty armory with one or two small signs outside. None of the signage made the history come alive for me, or made me...More

1  Thank LillyZackMom
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