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Welcome to Harpers Ferry ...

The town of Harpers Ferry is located in Jefferson County<1>.

A typical abbreviation for Harpers Ferry: Harpers Fry. (or less commonly used: Harpers Frry.)

See our Genealogy Helper Page for Harpers Ferry for more information about variations on the name of Harpers Ferry.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Harpers Ferry has a population of 282 people<2> (see below for details).

Harpers Ferry was established in 1763.

The community of Harpers Ferry is 490 feet [149 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Harpers Ferry lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Harpers Ferry: (304) & (681)<4>

The ZIP code for Harpers Ferry: 25425<5>

Websites for Harpers Ferry ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.jeffersoncounty.com/

Although we don't have any websites that are specific to Harpers Ferry, the following might be of interest:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Harpers Ferry had an population of 282 people. This is a decrease of 1.4% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 8.14% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Harpers Ferry had a population of 286 people. This makes Harpers Ferry the county's 5th most populous community.

The population of Harpers Ferry represents 0.02% of the total population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 198th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 286 people, the population of Harpers Ferry decreased 6.84% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 307 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Harpers Ferry.

Adding Harpers Ferry to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Harpers Ferry in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Harpers Ferry elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Harpers Ferry on a Rand McNally Map of West Virginia (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Harpers Ferry on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Harpers Ferry ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 6 communities that are also named Harpers Ferry - they are located in Alabama, Georgia (2), Iowa, Kentucky and South Carolina.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Harpers Ferry.

Communities near Harpers Ferry ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Harpers Ferry.

  • Frederick [Frederick County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frederick
    • Frederick [Frederick County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the east of Harpers Ferry
    • Estimated population in 2019: 72,244 people
    • Former names for Frederick:
    • Frederick City
    • Frederick Town
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frederick
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frederick<7>
  • Leesburg [Loudoun County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leesburg
    • Leesburg [Loudoun County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southeast of Harpers Ferry
    • Estimated population in 2019: 53,727 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leesburg have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leesburg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leesburg<7>
  • Martinsburg [Berkeley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martinsburg
    • Martinsburg [Berkeley County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Harpers Ferry
    • Estimated population in 2019: 17,454 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martinsburg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Martinsburg<7>
  • Purcellville [Loudoun County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Purcellville
    • Purcellville [Loudoun County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the south of Harpers Ferry
    • Estimated population in 2019: 10,178 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Purcellville have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Purcellville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Purcellville<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Brunswick [Frederick County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brunswick
      • Brunswick [Frederick County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the east of Harpers Ferry
      • Estimated population in 2019: 6,491 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brunswick
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brunswick<7>
    • Charles Town [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charles Town
      • Charles Town [Jefferson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the west of Harpers Ferry
      • Estimated population in 2019: 6,029 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charles Town
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Charles Town<7>
    • Ranson [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ranson
      • Ranson [Jefferson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the west of Harpers Ferry
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,239 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ranson have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ranson has also been known as:
      • Corporation of Ranson
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ranson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ranson<7>
    • Middletown [Frederick County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Middletown
      • Middletown [Frederick County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Harpers Ferry
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,792 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Middletown have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middletown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Middletown<7>
    • Berryville [Clarke County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berryville
      • Berryville [Clarke County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Harpers Ferry
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,371 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berryville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Berryville<7>
    • Boonsboro [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boonsboro
      • Boonsboro [Washington County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the north of Harpers Ferry
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,655 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boonsboro have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boonsboro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boonsboro<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Harpers Ferry. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Harpers Ferry.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Harpers Ferry. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Harpers Ferry.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Harpers Ferry. See our Newspapers Page for Harpers Ferry.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Harpers Ferry ...

Looking for more information about Harpers Ferry? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Harpers Ferry, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Harpers Ferry.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Jefferson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Harpers Ferry. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffersoncountywv.org/

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of West Virginia's counties, including Jefferson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Harpers Ferry.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Harpers Ferry - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Harpers Ferry). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Harpers Ferry or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Harpers Ferry) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Harpers Ferry. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Harpers Ferry

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harpers Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3254, Longitude: -77.7386    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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