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Harper House

Harper House paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 07/27/2017
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This oldest surviving structure in Harpers Ferry is interpreted as an 1850s Armory worker house — demonstrating crowded conditions and lack of housing during the town's industrial heyday.

100 Public Way
Harpers Ferry , WV 25425
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 39.3230563
Lon: -77.73097369999999

Database Summary:

Demographic Rank: 4
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 2
Evidence: 0
Resources: 4
Retrievals: 6249
Vistor Rating: 3.0
Votes: 1

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History information is some background and history about the location. This is meant to be a basic summary. Below the history records you will find sources in which you can click on to find out more information. There may be multiple history records per location.

In 1775, Robert Harper chose this location for his house because it was well above the flood line, and he had already been driven from three houses because of floods. The location also has a most spectacular view. Mr. Harper (and his wife) died before the building was completed.

The Harper House was used as a tavern for about 20 years after the death of Mr. Harper. It is very possible that Meriwether Lewis stayed here in 1803 when he obtained supplies for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are known to have stayed in the Harper House. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Noah Swayne definitely stayed here, since he owned the house - he married Sarah Ann Wager, one of Robert Harper's heirs.

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Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

Over the years, the home has gotten a reputation for having at least one, and possibly two ghosts. A friend of Harper's named Hamilton is reported to have died in the home after an accidental fall, causing many to believe his spirit still lingers. Still, others believe that the main ghost is that of Rachel Harper, Robert's wife. Rachel allegedly died from complications after falling from a ladder. She is sometimes seen looking out from the uppermost window of the home, gazing down toward the garden. Local lore states that Robert may have buried treasure somewhere in the garden, and Rachel is looking after it.

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2405 07/27/2017 sdonley An apparition of a women is seen gazing down at the garden.
2406 07/27/2017 sdonley An apparition of a man has been seen roaming the house.

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Library of Congress Photos
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Trip Advisor
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