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Harpers Ferry News and Events

Third Annual Flip Flop Festival

The Flip Flop Festival (760 Fillmore Street, 22-23 April 2017) joins the communities of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar in celebrating their roles as an Appalachian Trail community.  At the third annual launch of this two-day event, festival goers can look forward to live entertainment, vendors from the surrounding communities, fun and educational activities for children (and adults!), a special Saturday evening speaker, a Flip Flop Thru-Hiker breakfast and send-off, and much more.  Read more about this exciting event here!

Help wanted:  Operator in Training for Water Treatment Plant

Harpers Ferry Water Works seeks full-time applicants for entry level position as Operator in Training Water Treatment Plant Operator.  More information can be found at the Water page (click here).

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Zoning Ordinance

The Harpers Ferry Town Council will consider for enactment proposed amendments to Part Thirteen – Project and Zoning Code to establish a new zoning overlay district, designated as the Promontory Overlay District; to establish the parcels to be included in the overlay district; and to establish certain regulations for building, land use, and site design for properties within the overlay district.  A bill for enactment for the proposed amendment is on the legislative agenda of the Town Council for its regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, 8 May 2017.

A public hearing on the proposed amendment will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, 27 April 2017, at Town Hall, 1000 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry.  Written comments may be submitted by email to the Town Clerk at or mailed to the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, PO Box 217, Harpers Ferry WV  25425, to the attention of the Town Clerk.

The current draft of the ordinance can be read here (This draft is subject to modification and may be updated without notice prior to the Council meetings.)

Note:  A map of the proposed Promontory Overlay District can be found here for reference purposes only.

2017 Harpers Ferry municipal elections information

Municipal elections for Mayor, Recorder, and five Council members will be held on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church, 645 Washington Street.  Early voting will be held at Harpers Ferry Town Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day except Sunday, from Wednesday, 31 May to Saturday, 10 June 2017.  The candidates for this year's elections are, in the order they will appear on the ballot:

MAYOR (two candidates):

  • Greg Vaughn (incumbent)
  • Wayne Bishop

RECORDER (one candidate):

  • Kevin Carden (incumbent)

COUNCIL (10 candidates):

  • Robert G. Case
  • Midge Flinn Yost
  • Shirley H. Caniford
  • Deborah De Maris
  • Barbara Humes
  • Peter F. Dessauer
  • Deborah Ann McGee
  • Ed Wheeless
  • Hardwick S. Johnson, Jr. "Hardy" (incumbent)
  • Charlotte Thompson (incumbent)

The Harpers Ferry Women's Club will sponsor a public candidates' forum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 20 May at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church.

The last day to register to vote in this year's election is Tuesday, 23 May.  Voter registration is handled by the Jefferson County Clerk's Office in Charles Town.

All requests for absentee voting should be directed to the Recorder (  All absentee ballot applications must be received by close of business on Wednesday, 7 June 2017.

Information on paid parking in Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry has instituted three paid parking zones to improve safety and better regulate the very limited parking within the Corporation.  Two of the zones, 7510 and 7520, are on Washington Street (Alt. U.S. 340).  The third is on Potomac Street in Lower Town.  The cost for parking is $1.00 per hour in Zone 7510, $2.00 per hour in Zone 7520, and $3.00 per hour in Zone 7515.  Parking may be purchased in half-hour segments.  Payment may be made using the Parkmobile cell phone app.  To use Parkmobile, open the app, enter zone number, select amount of time desired, and pay by major credit card or PayPal.  Visitors may find it easier to download the app to their cell phones before visiting Harpers Ferry to simplify their parking experience at the following link:

Paid parking is strictly enforced in all three zones between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.  Violators may be fined and /or towed.  Parking is free in all paid parking zones after 6:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Saturday.

All sides streets within the Corporation of Harpers Ferry are parking by residential permit only.  Violators may be fined and /or towed.

How to pay water and sewer bills

Harpers Ferry Water Works customers can pay online.  To learn more, click here.

Information on collection and remittance of Harpers Ferry municipal sales tax (beginning 1 July 2016)

The Corporation of Harpers Ferry applied for and won Home Rule in West Virginia in 2015.  As part of the application, Harpers Ferry indicated its desire to charge a 1% sales tax.  This request was approved by the Home Rule Board.  The effective date of the new local tax, on sales made and services rendered within the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, is 1 July 2016.  An informative document on collection and remittance of the municipal sales tax can be found here.

List of businesses licensed in Harpers Ferry

The Corporation has released a list of operators and companies licensed to perform business in Harpers Ferry.  These businesses have volunteered to appear on this public list.  To review the list, click here.

Feedback? Questions? Contact Kevin Carden, Recorder and Webmaster, at

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“The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature... worth a voyage across the Atlantic.” - Thomas Jefferson, 1783


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Visitor Information
Historic Foundation
Merchants Association
HAFE National Park
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Government Resources
Corporation of Bolivar
Jefferson Co. Commission
Jefferson Co. Schools
State of West Virginia

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