History and Jefferson County go hand-in-hand, and there are few towns with more historic reference than Harpers Ferry. It's the town where John Brown made his stand against slavery prior to the Civil War after taking the Harpers Ferry armory hostage. The town, named after the founder Robert Harper and his successful 1761 venture of shuttling settlers on a ferry across the river and into the Shenandoah Valley, is now home to the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and is quite a unique tourist destination.
Two very distinguished Presidents, Washington and Jefferson, both have an extensive impact in Harpers Ferry. Thomas Jefferson visited in 1783, saying that Harpers Ferry was "perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in nature". From his historic visit, Jefferson Rock was named after he sat for hours and watched the river pass through the Blue Ridge Mountains. George Washington worked on the development of the town and helped bring in the United States Armory and Arsenal. He thought very highly of Harpers Ferry and settled parts of his family into the nearby area. Washington's great-great nephew Colonel Lewis Washington was held hostage in 1859 by John Brown, and Charles Washington, George's brother, founded the nearby Charles Town.
Harpers Ferry is the easternmost town in West Virginia and is surrounded by two joining rivers, the Shenandoah River and the Potomac River. Outside of the Harpers Ferry Historic Park, most residents live in the Harpers Ferry Historic District. It is no surprise that many people want to live in and around Harpers Ferry. There is so much to do for such a small town. The Appalachian Trail weaves through the town and provides a great outdoor experience. Activities include white water rafting, fishing, mountain biking, tubing, canoeing, hiking, zip lining, and rock climbing. If that is not your cup of tea then the town is home to several boutique stores, small restaurants, and museums dedicated to the history of the area.
Because of its location, commuting is a breeze. Harpers Ferry borders Virginia and has many routes into the D.C. Metropolitan area. Roads connect to several federal highways and state routes to conveniently reach airports - Dulles, Reagan, and Baltimore International - and jobs in cities like Frederick, Herndon, Arlington, Rockville, Alexandria, Bethesda, Baltimore, Gaithersburg and Wasington, D.C.
Housing in Harpers Ferry is in short supply due to low turnover and limited development opportunity. This causes prices to be higher than in some other popular areas of the Eastern Panhandle. Many of the houses are old, and yet still demand a high valuation that leads to a market in which movement is limited between buyers and sellers. Outside of the historic town there are many more opportunities for buyers which still accommodate to a great commute into Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C..
The rental market in Harpers Ferry is the same. In the city you will not find an abundance of opportunities and they will go fast. As you get into the surrounding areas you will find larger lots and more spacious homes. Rental rates will range from a few hundred dollars for a small one or two bedroom place to over two thousand for larger single-family homes.
**This article was written by Adam Miller. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not reflect Coldwell Banker or its affiliates. The above information is for promotional purposes and may not be factual.**
If you are interested in living in a great community like Harpers Ferry, fill out the contact form here, and I will personally contact you. I can provide active listings, make connections with local professionals, and give the insider advice you can only get from a local real estate agent.
Adam Miller | REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker Premier Homes