Harpers FerryHar·pers Ferry
town in W.Va., at the juncture of the Potomac & Shenandoah rivers: site of the U.S. arsenal captured by John Brown (1859)
Origin of Harpers Ferrythe site of a ferry owned (c. 1747) by R. Harper
A town of extreme northeast West Virginia at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. It was the scene of John Brown's rebellion (1859), in which he briefly seized the US arsenal here. The town changed hands a number of times during the Civil War.