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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Harpers Ferry, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Harpers Ferry and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Harpers Ferry:
    • 39.325418, -77.738594
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Harpers Ferry
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Harpers Ferry ...

We have found six communities that share the name Harpers Ferry.

Within West Virginia, the name Harpers Ferry is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another six communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Coffee County
      • This Harpers Ferry is located in Coffee County and lies 715 miles [1,150.7 km]<1> to the southwest of the Harpers Ferry that is located in Jefferson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harpers Ferry
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Coffee County community of Harpers Ferry.
    • Georgia
      • Elbert County
      • This Harpers Ferry is located in Elbert County and lies 450 miles [724.2 km]<1> to the southwest of the Harpers Ferry that is located in Jefferson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harpers Ferry
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Elbert County community of Harpers Ferry.
      • Madison County
      • This Harpers Ferry is located in Madison County and lies 464 miles [746.7 km] to the southwest of the Harpers Ferry that is located in Jefferson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harpers Ferry
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Madison County community of Harpers Ferry.
    • Iowa
      • Allamakee County
      • This Harpers Ferry is located in Allamakee County and lies 744 miles [1,197.4 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Harpers Ferry that is located in Jefferson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harpers Ferry
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Allamakee County community of Harpers Ferry.
    • Kentucky
      • Henry County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Harpers Ferry [Henry County].
    • South Carolina
      • Abbeville County
      • This Harpers Ferry is located in Abbeville County and lies 450 miles [724.2 km]<1> to the southwest of the Harpers Ferry that is located in Jefferson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harpers Ferry
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Abbeville County community of Harpers Ferry.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Harpers Ferry ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Blair [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blair
    • Blair [Jefferson County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Harpers Ferry
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blair have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blair
  • Britain [Loudoun County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Britain
    • Britain [Loudoun County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Harpers Ferry
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Britain have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Britain
  • Georges Mill [Loudoun County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Georges Mill
    • Georges Mill [Loudoun County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Harpers Ferry
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Georges Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Georges Mill
  • Halltown [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halltown
    • Halltown [Jefferson County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Harpers Ferry
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halltown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halltown
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Keys Gap [Loudoun County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keys Gap
      • Keys Gap [Loudoun County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Harpers Ferry
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keys Gap have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keys Gap
    • Lower Town [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lower Town
      • Lower Town [Jefferson County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Harpers Ferry
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lower Town have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lower Town
    • Pleasantville [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasantville
      • Pleasantville [Washington County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Harpers Ferry
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasantville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasantville
    • Rice [Frederick County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rice
      • Rice [Frederick County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Harpers Ferry
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rice have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rice
    • Sandy Hook [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandy Hook
      • Sandy Hook [Washington County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Harpers Ferry
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandy Hook
    • Silver Grove [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Grove
      • Silver Grove [Jefferson County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Harpers Ferry
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Grove

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Harpers Ferry. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

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    • Belle Boyd     (Civil war Confederate spy)
      • Civil war Confederate spy. She was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday May 9, 1844 and died in Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin) on Monday June 11, 1900 at the age of 56. She is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin).
      • Martinsburg is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Harpers Ferry.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<4>
    • John Brown     (Abolitionist, activist)
      • Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (Connecticut) on Friday May 9, 1800 and died in Charles Town (West Virginia) on Friday December 2, 1859 at the age of 59.
      • Charles Town is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the west of Harpers Ferry.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown<4>
    • Patsy Cline     (Singer, songwriter)
      • Singer, songwriter. She was born in Winchester (Virginia) on Thursday September 8, 1932 and died in Camden (Tennessee) on Tueday March 5, 1963 at the age of 30.
      • Winchester is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Harpers Ferry.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Patsy Cline<4>
    • Charles 'Charlie' Fuqua     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday October 20, 1910 and died in West Haven (Connecticut) on Tueday December 21, 1971 at the age of 61. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Erie County, New York).
      • Martinsburg is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Harpers Ferry.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles 'Charlie' Fuqua<4>
    • Elizabeth Monroe     (Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of James Monroe (1817 - 1825))
      • Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of James Monroe (1817 - 1825). She was born in New York (New York) on Thursday June 30, 1768 and died in Aldie (Virginia) on Thursday September 23, 1830 at the age of 62. She is buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Aldie is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Harpers Ferry.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Monroe<4>

How Far From Harpers Ferry to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Harpers Ferry to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Harpers Ferry and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Charles Town, which is the Seat of Jefferson County and lies just to the West Southwest.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 219 miles [352.4 km]<1> to the west southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Harpers Ferry to Charleston, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 47 miles [75.6 km] to the southeast (SE). Driving would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,909 miles [9,509.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,617 miles [10,649 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,493 miles [7,230.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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    
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Harpers Ferry could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>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.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Harpers Ferry to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.279 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 303.947 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.848 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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