Harper House: The Mansion on the Hill - Harpers Ferry, WV
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N 39° 19.379 W 077° 43.852
18S E 264591 N 4356175
Quick Description: One of many historical markers in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/12/2021 5:49:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM14HWM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
The plaque says, "From this vantage point, early residents watched Harpers Ferry grow from a tiny village into a thriving industrial community.

In 1775, town founder Robert Harper chose this hillside for his home. The home was completed in 1782. Unfortunately, he died that same year and never lived here. Harper had no children and left his property to his niece, Sara Harper Wagner. On September 6, 1832, Sarah's granddaughter, Sarah Ann, married Noah H. Swayne in this house. Referred to as "The Mansion," this home was owned by the Swayne family for 89 years.

The Harper House is the oldest surviving structure in Harpers Ferry and has undergone many transformations from tavern, residence, rental property, abandoned ruin to restored exhibit.

Noah H. Swayne
On January 21, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Noah H. Swayne as his first appointee to the Supreme Court of the United States. Swayne served on the Court for nineteen years. He worked to improve the status of African Americans, and fought to ratify the 15th Amendment which guaranteed voting rights for all citizens."
Civil Right Type: Race (U.S. Civil Rights movement)

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