Harpers Ferry Quarter 4


Last week, I got a roll of quarters and found the latest National Park Quarter that has been released. In a previousharpers-ferry-quarter-sm post, I spoke about buying a folder of National Park Quarters from 2010 – 2021. Today, I add my newest quarter, the Harpers Ferry Quarter. This is West Virginia’s entry and the 23rd quarter in the set. Of course, it is one minted from Philadelphia.

Harpers Ferry is located where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac. It is where West Virginia borders Virginia and Maryland. Of course, back in the 1700’s when West Virginia was part of Virginia, there was a ferry there to take people from Virginia to Maryland started by Robert Harper.

The building on the quarter was originally the fire engine house for the United States Armory and Arsenal that was built in Harpers Ferry. In 1859, well known abolitionist John Brown, along with 21 men, raided the arsenal to arm slaves. However, it was unsuccessful and most of the men fled or were killed. Many believed this raid helped to start the Civil War two years later. John Brown would never see the beginning of the Civil War as he would be tried and found guilty, and hung on December 2, 1859. After the raid, the fire engine house would be known as John Brown’s fort.

Being a strategic location for the Civil War with the river crossing and the railroad going through, Harper Ferry would be captured between the Union and Confederacy as many as eight times. The Union tried to capture the arsenal, but failed and the Confederacy moved the equipment to Richmond.

In 1944, the National Park Service made the majority of the town of Harpers Ferry into a National Park. The town never had many inhabitants. It hasn’t had over 1,000 people since the Civil War and as of the 2010 census, there are only 295 people that call Harpers Ferry their home. The Appalachian Trail goes by here on its way to Maryland.

It isn’t a wonder that this would appear on a Washington Quarter. A lot of history in this town. What do you think about the National Park Quarters? Do you think they are worth collecting?


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4 thoughts on “Harpers Ferry Quarter

  • Glen

    I too had a fascination with coin collecting while growing up. The Harper’s Ferry quarter is a worthwhile addition to any coin collection. The history of Harper’s Ferry is interesting, particularly with it’s role in the Civil War. It had strategic value during the war.

    The other aspect of Harper’s Ferry is the fact that it is in a very picturesque location. The town is small with many old buildings. And it is not that far from Washington DC.

    • Kevin Post author

      Thanks Glen for the comment. I’ve never been to Harpers Ferry but it does look picturesque from images that I have seen of the town. Maybe if I do my mint tour someday, I can stop at Harpers Ferry between Philadelphia and Charlotte.

  • Steve

    Hey KCorina,

    I’m extremely fascinated with your site! I really enjoyed reading the Harper’s Ferry Quarter post as it was packed with information that I did not know. After reading that post I kept clicking around and kept reading!

    I started back at the home page, I really enjoyed how three different posts cycled through, that was really neat! Your site has a tremendous amount of educational information about historic moments and how you incorporated that into a coin collecting site was brilliant!

    You have very well placed links! Your doing an awesome job, keep up he great work!

    • Kevin Post author

      Hey Steve! I’m glad you liked the post. To be honest, I did not know all the information I had included in my post. I’ve done research as well because I wanted to learn more about the coins that I collect and hope to get others interested at the same time. I’ve always been interested in US History and have tried to see how US coins have been a part of it. Thanks for the nice comment! Come back often!