Camp Hill (Park Headquarters) - Harpers Ferry, WV
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N 39° 19.453 W 077° 44.255
18S E 264015 N 4356330
Quick Description: One of many historical markers in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/13/2021 4:08:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM14J2Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
The plaque says, "You are in the Camp Hill area of Harpers Ferry. Explore Camp Hill's history with exhibits in front of the Morrell, Brackett, and Lockwood houses and Mather Training Center. Side trails in Harper Cemetery and in front of Mather Training Center connect to the world-famous Appalachian Trail (AT).

Early settlement
Town founder Robert Harper ran a ferry business and a gristmill in the Lower Town area. Harper and other notables are buried in Harper Cemetery at the end of Fillmore Street. The Camp Hill area takes its name from an encampment of US Army soldiers here in the late 1700s.

The hilltop position of the armory paymaster's house (above) "made a statement about the presence and power of the paymaster and the armory." A stroll along Fillmore Street takes you by three of the original four armory mansions on Camp Hill which have been preserved by the National Park Service.

Civil War
The armory and its Camp Hill housing were abandoned at the war's outbreak. Camp Hill served as an encampment for both Union and Confederate troops. The buildings on this street served as hospitals, prisons, bivouacs, or quarters.
Storer College
An oasis of learning and freedom in the segregated south, Storer College was "open to all regardless of race or gender." Here in 1906 the civil rights leaders of the Niagara Movement — precursor to the NAACP — used the campus for their first conference in the United States."
Civil Right Type: Race (U.S. Civil Rights movement)

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