Refusing defeat, activist groups including the Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Friends of Blair Mountain, West Virginia Labor History Association and the National Trust for […]
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By Jeff Smith, Guest Contributor & AmeriCorps for Appalachian Forest Heritage Area West Virginia is rich with natural and cultural resources. Although West Virginia’s statehood was granted in 1863, the […]
By Danielle During the 2012 Historic Preservation Conference last Friday, Preservation Alliance of WV honored preservationists during its annual awards banquet. It was a splendid affair at the Quality Hotel & Conference […]
Intimately explore historic Arsenal Square at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park with Preservation Alliance of WV on Friday, September 28th.
There will be a 2 1/2 hour walking tour of Arsenal Square.
The tour will feature/highlight the construction chronology of the Arsenal Square, from the early Armory period and including post Civil War development as a commercial district, to an interpretive landscape of the National Park Service.
The Arsenal Square site is historically significant as the storage facility for arms produced at the Federal Armory at Harpers Ferry begun during the last decade of the eighteenth century. The Arsenal was also the target of John Brown’s infamous raid in 1859 and is the current, although not original, location for the Armory Engine House; renamed “John Brown’s Fort” after Brown was captured there during the raid.
Arsenal Square is the location of the earliest NPS archeology in Harpers Ferry, starting in the late 1950s. A significant archeology collection from this early excavation is managed by the park’s museum staff. The site is also managed as a cultural landscape. An interdisciplinary approach has enabled the NPS to protect and preserve the archeology site, interpret the major structures from the Armory period, and provide access for park visitors. The site is far from static and has undergone a number of changes through the years. The decision-making process for the development of the site will be discussed and a question and answer session will be included.
By Danielle The PAWV historic preservation awards banquet program began in 2009, and we are in our fourth year of honoring preservation achievements across the state. Join us for this year’s […]