August 10, 2008

Lockwood House, Harpers Ferry

Bolivar, Harpers Ferry, WV: This historic building overlooks the Harpers Cemetery and is part of the campus of Storer College. An interpretative sign tells us:

Lockwood House
General Sheridan's headquarters in August, 1864

With its commanding view of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac River gap, this house has witnessed significant chapters in Harpers Ferry's history. It was built in 1847 as quarters for the U.S. Armory paymaster and later served as headquarters for Union Generals Henry H. Lockwood and Philip H. Sheridan during the Civil War.
After the war, Storer Normal School (later college) - one of America's first schools for freed slaves - began here, and for almost a century Black students and Freewill Baptist Church staff utilized this building. Today, its exterior is restored to the Civil War period, but two rooms are furnished as they were during its early Storer College occupancy.

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