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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


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Announcement from Harpers Ferry Water Works (HFWW) and Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Public Service District (PSD) Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our customer service office and our water and wastewater plants are open and doing business as usual. We are, and will continue, to have staff on duty to provide clean, safe drinking water and to ensure uninterrupted treatment of wastewater for all our customers. Click here to learn more.

Public parking and traffic restrictions in place until further notice - 27 Mar 2020

Following Governor Jim Justice’s orders, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and due to the fact that Harpers Ferry is a mixing point between many large cities drawing visitors from various locations and has the potential to promote the spread of the disease, the Mayor, Recorder and Town Council are taking steps to combat the observed unsafe gatherings of people that violate necessary social distancing to stop the spread of this virus.

Effective 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 27 March 2020, the Town will be temporarily closing all public parking within the Corporation of Harpers Ferry. Paid parking signs have been temporarily changed to no parking. Residents with permits may continue to park along Washington Street.

During the weekend, Hog Alley will be closed and there will be no left turn from High Street onto Shenandoah Street. Anyone driving into the downtown area from Washington Street will be directed out of town via Shenandoah Street. Traffic entering Town via US 340 / Shenandoah Street will be directed up High / Washington Street. Except for residents and merchants who remain open, no traffic will be permitted on Potomac Street during the weekend.

The Town is working with the National Park Service to close all of their parking lots under their control within the Corporation. St. Peter’s Church closed their parking lot on Church Street.

The Police Chief and the Park Service will continue to monitor the Monday thru Friday traffic in lower town and will make modifications to the plan as necessary.

The Parking Committee thanks you for your understanding during these unprecedented circumstances.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park CLOSED

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park announces that following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, the following Park buildings and services are temporarily closed as of 18 March 2020:

  • ALL PUBLIC RESTROOMS, including the Lower Town Harpers Ferry area, Schoolhouse Ridge, and the Visitor Center
  • Entrance station / fee collection
  • Visitor Center
  • Shuttle buses
  • Bookshop
  • Information Center
  • Lower Town museums and exhibits
  • Train station
  • Ranger programs

Park trails remain open at this time. Updates will be posted at the Park's Current Conditions webpage.

Update on pedestrian footbridge across the Potomac River

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, 21 December 2019, a CSX freight train derailed at Harpers Ferry. Several freight cars plunged into the Potomac River. The derailment destroyed a portion of the Goodloe E. Byron Memorial Pedestrian Walkway, which is attached to the railroad bridge, preventing access across the Potomac River. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with CSX and other agencies to determine the steps required to assess, fund, and repair this pedestrian footbridge. The timeline for reopening the footbridge is unknown at this time. NPS posts updates here as they become available.

Update on 2019 municipal election contest

On 24 August 2019, the Town Council of the Corporation of Harpers Ferry heard testimony and received evidence in the trial of Case v. Johnson, No. 2019-HFTC-01, contesting a previous decision to reject four provisional ballots in the 2019 Harpers Ferry municipal elections. On 11 September, the Town Council issued its majority opinion and order, rejecting the four provisional ballots. A dissenting opinion was also issued. The case was appealed and is currently before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. A special page has been established to detail the events of this case, including updated court filings and decisions. Click here to access these updates.

Notice of vacancies on boards of Town government

The Corporation of Harpers Ferry is actively seeking volunteers to serve on the following boards of the Town government:

  • Board of Zoning Appeals (one alternate vacancy)
  • Planning Commission (two vacancies)
  • Water Commission (two vacancies)

Those individuals interested in seeking appointment to any of these committees should send a letter of interest to the Town Clerk at (

Notice of water rate increases

After conducting a public hearing on 22 February 2018, the Town Council approved the second and final reading of Ordinance 2017-09, which increases water rates in two steps. The first step of an increase of 5% on water service rates only (not sewer service) went into effect at the 1 June 2018 billing.

The second step, a 29% increase on water service rates, will take effect 60 days prior to the closing on the USDA loan for the water system infrastructure project, expected to occur in the spring of 2019.

Ordinance 2017-09 can be read in its entirety here.

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. Permits for residents and their guests may be purchased at Town Hall.

How to pay water and sewer bills

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

List of businesses licensed in Harpers Ferry

The Corporation maintains 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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