Six Acres That Changed the World

Six Acres That Changed the World (HMDHF)

Location: Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.423', W 77° 43.801'

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Along this path lie the remains of revolutions. Six acres of the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry have been reduced to rubble. Buildings that buzzed with activity and innovation now lie covered with dirt. Train tracks that pushed to the edge of a new frontier lie abandoned. A stone marker stands where John Brown and his men struck their blow against slavery heralding new birth for the nation and new freedom for all its people.

"A place of immense strength"
George Washington chose Harpers Ferry as the site for the nation's second national armory.

"Manufactured for me at this place"
Meriwether Lewis supplied his Corps of Discovery with guns and other goods produced here at the Harpers Ferry armory.

"A greater degree of perfection...."
Inventor John Hall's new method of "fabricating arms exactly alike" revolutionized industry and pitted man against machine.

"The Great National Project"
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad rumbled through the armory grounds, racing west against the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.

"Slavery is a state of war"
John Brown's attempt to end slavery by attacking the armory catapulted the nation into civil war.

"Our armory is burnt"
Virginia militiamen descended on Harpers Ferry to seize arms and equipment from the federal armory. Retreating Federals set fire to the armory and arsenal.
Placed ByNational Park Service, US Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 10:18pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264666 N 4356255
Decimal Degrees39.32371667, -77.73001667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.423', W 77° 43.801'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 25.38" N, 77° 43' 48.06" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-116 Potomac St, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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