Federal Armory

Federal Armory (HM8DF)

Location: Columbus, MD 43215 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.39', W 77° 43.777'

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In an effort to increase the number of small arms for defense of the United States, George Washington established a Federal armory here in 1794. The rivers provided power for the machinery; surrounding mountains provided iron ore for gun barrels and hardwoods for charcoal and gun stocks.

In 60 years, the armory manufactured more than 500,000 muskets, rifles, and rifle-muskets. At its peak in 1850, the armory employed over 400 workers.

In 1861, Southern forces transported the captured armory machinery to Richmond and Fayetteville, where it became the heart and blood of Confederate ordinance. With the armory destroyed, Harpers Ferry's economy and fortunes declined.

In 1892, the railroad covered the armory site with a 14-foot embankment. The monument in front of you marks the site of the fire-engine house, better known as John Brown's Fort.
HM NumberHM8DF
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 2:25am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264698 N 4356193
Decimal Degrees39.32316667, -77.72961667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.39', W 77° 43.777'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 23.40" N, 77° 43' 46.62" W
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Area Code(s)614, 513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 243 Appalachian Trail, Columbus MD 43215, US
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