From the Vault: Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

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Historic Harpers Ferry, W.Va. has been a popular tourist destination for Civil War enthusiasts and nature-lovers alike for decades.

On Thursday, July 22, 2015, an early morning fire ripped through several early-1800s buildings in this beloved historic town early Thursday, damaging several businesses and threatening the national park that commemorates a pivotal moment in U.S. history.

“This is devastating for Harpers Ferry,” said Gregory Vaughan, mayor of the town at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia all come together.

The buildings “have been standing there for almost 200 years,” Vaughn said, “and they withstood the test of time — until 2015, unfortunately.”
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