EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO HARPERS FERRY

TIME TRAVEL JOURNEY

[TRIP LENGTH: 3 DAYS]

Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs

History lives on in this attractive town, set with steep cobblestoned streets, framed by the Shenandoah Mountains and the confluence of the rushing Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The lower town functions as an open-air museum, with more than a dozen buildings that you can wonder through to get a taste of 19th century life in the small town. Exhibits narrate the town’s role at the forefront of westward expansion, American industry and, most famously, the slavery debate. In 1859 old John Brown tried to spark a slave uprising here and was hanged for his efforts.  The incident rubbed friction between North and South into the fires of the Civil War.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and Volunteer

Covering over 4,000 acres in 3 states (WV, VA and MD) at the scenic confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and the Potomac River water gap through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the park features an amazing diversity of American history all in one place.  Students will learn why great figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Robert E Lee, U. S. Grant and “Stonewall” Jackson made their mark in this central location.  Later in the day volunteer at the park with conservation programs.

Day 2 – Explore the Appalachian Trail and Aerial Forest Adventure Park

Harpers Ferry is considered by many to be the “psychological halfway point” of the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail has many scenic hikes on the main trail and side trails in and around Harpers Ferry. The elevation of the Trail in West Virginia varies from 265ft at Harpers Ferry, the lowest point in West Virginia, to 1200ft near Loudon Heights. Students will learn about the science of the Appalachian Mountains from endemic species to geographical botanical distribution. Along with your tour guide, participants will walk part of the Trail and learn about its history and ecological importance. Later in the day take on the Adventure Park activity. The Adventure Park is for those looking to challenge themselves. If features zip lines, rope bridges, log bridges and MANY other elements to satisfy adventure seekers.

Day 3 – Explore the Civil War Living History Museum and John Brown’s Armory

Following breakfast the group will take a step back in time by exploring the Civil War Museum. Learn about the importance of Harpers Ferry as a vital resource during the Civil War. Later explore the armory where John Brown made his famous last stand. Descending upon the town in the early hours of October 17, 1859, Brown and his men captured prominent citizens and seized the Federal Armory and arsenal. Brown had hopes that the local slave population would join the raid and through the raid’s success weapons would be supplied to slaves and freedom fighters throughout the country.

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
  • Volunteer to help with conservation projects
  • Hike part of the Appalachian Trail
  • Zip lines and rope courses
  • Explore the Civil War Living History Museum
  • See John Brown’s Armory

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 star or more on Trip Advisor
All Meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.