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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

150th Anniversary of John Brown's Raid

In 1859, news of abolitionist John Brown's raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry reverberated across a divided nation. Many people feel that this was the spark that ignited the American Civil War.

Starting last April and running through December a coalition of four states have created activities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this historic event. West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are marking the John Brown Raid Sesquicentennial with re-enactments, dramatic productions, art exhibits, academic lectures and walking tours.

From Oct.16-18, 2009, there will be three days of public education events at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Jefferson County, W.Va. For a complete calendar of events, visit, or call (304) 535-6029.

Nestled in the mountains of eastern West Virginia and at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers this quaint, historic community is like stepping into the past. Be sure to allow at least half a day to stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums or hike the trails and battlefield. There's a wide variety of experiences for visitors of all ages, so come and discover Harpers Ferry.

Cross the border into Maryland and you’ll have a short drive over Sharpsburg MD location of the Civil War battle of Antietam. The action fought here on September 17th 1962 was the bloodiest one day of combat in US history.