We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
What A History for a Building !

As the sign tells you: "Here is a building with a curious past. Since its construction in 1848... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Cool - but go to the John Brown Museum first

History - right in front of your face. Not only what is it and what happened in the building but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brad R
Newburgh, IN
Read all 82 reviews
All photos (33)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good29%
  • Average29%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“fire station”(5 reviews)
“john brown”(8 reviews)
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Shenandoah Street and Potomac Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
Reviews (82)
Filter reviews
79 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsoriginal locationfire stationjohn brownmoved timesfire housepiece of historycivil warworth seeingsmall buildingvisiting harpers ferryunited stateslower townlove historyhistorical significanceamerican historythe national park servicevisitor's center
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 79 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of many easy-to-find historical buildings on the walking tour. It is well marked and the signs give just enough details to make you want to learn more.

Thank Dawn S
Reviewed 1 week ago

As the sign tells you: "Here is a building with a curious past. Since its construction in 1848, it has been vandalized, dismantled, and moved four times -- all because of its fame as John Brown's stronghold." (No I didn't memorize this -- I took...More

Thank Nprus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History - right in front of your face. Not only what is it and what happened in the building but the history of what happened to the building itself. I'd watch a short documentary just on that.

Thank Brad R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building has the firehouse for the armory and originally sat on the hill across the road (there is a small obelisk there). During John Brown's failed rebellion, this is where he and his men took refuge. It has moved around several times until it...More

Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building isn't much, and neither are other buildings in Harper's Ferry as a whole, but you don't go there for the architecture. You go there because of its history. So, if you aren't interested in the history or haven't bothered to read about it...More

Thank DRCsydney
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I expected a big building. It's basically a two car (horse) garage. Other than some stone tablets in the walls, there is nothing special about it other than its historical significance. It's not even where it was in 1859.

Thank Joe L
Reviewed 4 July 2018

The place John Brown made his last stand is worth seeing. It is close to the original location having been moved several times. Suggest a tour guide to make it a more fulfilling experience in Harper's Ferry.

Thank gwenrich8
Reviewed 29 June 2018

Moved several times, but back at its original location, this marks the spot where John Brown was cornered and arrested during his raid on the armory in Harpers Ferry.

Thank giftedelaine
Reviewed 29 June 2018

The town itself has a lot more to offer than the building that John Brown made his last stand but it has to be the centre piece all be it that it has been moved from it's original site. Just as important is the fact...More

Thank Ken C
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Although the "fort" is a photo op, across the street is the best musuem in Harper's Ferry. Although most of the museums are only one or two rooms, the John Brown Musuem does an in-depth study of the attack, the connection with slavery, and how...More

1  Thank tosl
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Bradley R
11 August 2016|
Response from Rhonda C |
American History