Harpers Ferry Historical Association A National Park Service Coooperating Association

The Harpers Ferry Explorer

Explore the history and beauty of Harpers Ferry through an interactive gallery of historical and contemporary photographs.

Open the Harpers Ferry Explorer

Click on the above link to open a full-screen pop-up window that will load and display the Harpers Ferry Explorer. The pop-up window automatically detects for the presence and version of your Flash Player, and then loads the program. Note: the program requires Flash Player 10.0 or later.

Explorer Overview

The Harpers Ferry Explorer features a short introduction (which you may skip if you wish) followed by an aerial view of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.

You may choose to explore nine different location-specific photo galleries, or four galleries that focus on Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, John Brown, and W.E.B. DuBois. These four individuals represent key themes in the Harpers Ferry story:

Explorer Credits

The Harpers Ferry Explorer was developed by David Gilbert, a volunteer serving the Harpers Ferry Historical Association. David is author of the "Walker's Guide to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia". Considerable credit also goes to:


Potomac Water Gap by Richard Schlecht, based on a c.1812 painting by Rembrandt Peale (Commissioned Art Collection, Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service)

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, Philadelphia, 1800 (White House Historical Association)

Meriwether Lewis by Charles Willson Peale, Philadelphia, c.1807 (Independence National Historical Park)

Harpers Ferry Historical Association

Maryland Historical Society


Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

Historic American Engineering Record (HAER)

Historic Photo Collection, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Leib Collection

Library of Congress

National Archives

National Park Service

Smithsonian Institution


Division of Audiovisual Arts, Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service