In this 1896 photo, women stand in front of John Brown's fort, which stood
on Murphy Farm until 1906. (Historic Photo Collection, Harpers Ferry NHP)
Instead of becoming a 188-unit housing development, a 99-acre farm that
was the site of an 1862 Civil War battle will soon become part of Harpers
Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, W. Va.
The Trust for Public Land, a conservation group, announced yesterday that
it will buy the Murphy Farm and transfer it to the National Park Service,
which will reimburse the Trust.
The Murphy family says it is "overjoyed" that the property, which has been
a working farm since 1869, will be added to the adjacent 2,300-acre
national park. "This is a dream that every generation of the Murphy family
has shared," the family said in a statement.
From 1895-1910, abolitionist John Brown's fort stood on the Murphy Farm.
In 1906, W.E.B. DuBois and other African-American leaders made a barefoot
pilgrimage to the fort, a meeting that resulted in the formation of the
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