Rebuild and Renew Harpers Ferry
Photo Credit: Harpers Ferry resident Don Burgess
Historic Harpers Ferry has survived raids, battles, floods, and more. We, residents of Harpers Ferry, are dedicated to rebuilding our town and renewing our history. We now need you to contribute to our rebuilding work through the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation.
The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit which needs you to contribute to help us rebuild and recover from this fire. The Town Foundation is dedicated to a sustainable future for our historic town and your contribution is tax-deductible.
The Town Foundation has set the aggressive and necessary goal of raising $150,000 to rebuild our town. The Foundation is fundraising from a diverse group of potential donors, including you. Your donation is key to fund our recovery and you can be a part of rebuilding.
The primary objective of the Town Foundation's fund is to provide relief to residents, merchants, property owners and employees suffering personal hardships caused by the fire and its aftermath. Once their immediate and compelling needs have been addressed, any remaining funds may also be used to provide for business continuity and renewal, to ensure a safe, clean and welcoming business district during reconstruction and to preserve our historic buildings damaged by the fire.
Read more about the Foundation's plans here: http://bit.ly/1DcRhkW
Photo credit: Harpers Ferry resident Robert Brzostowski
In the early morning of July 23rd, 2015, a fire broke out in Lower Town Harpers Ferry. While our fire department and others from surrounding counties dutifully kept the blaze from spreading - four large buildings were heavily damaged from the flames and smoke. Thankfully, no one was injured.
This fire damaged four buildings and nine businesses. In our town of 300, this is a huge loss.
If you have visited Historic Harpers Ferry, you know that our town depends on our local businesses to be the lifeblood of our town. You may have enjoyed browsing the unique home decor of La Niche Boutique, the fair trade goods in Tenfold Fair Trade, sipping good West Virginia beer in Private Quinn's Pub, or checking out West Virginia crafts in the Vintage Lady. You may have bought your favorite dog a new bed in Sophie & Bailey's or a pepperoni roll in the Upstairs Downstairs Sandwich Shop. These are real businesses run by the real people who have made our town vibrant.
Photo credit: Harpers Ferry resident Robert Brzostowski
Harpers Ferry is a town of rebuilding and we are known for our history. Thousands upon thousands of you flock to our town each year to see the battlefields, take ghost tours, go for a hike, and learn about John Brown's Raid. We are now coming together to rebuild again and ensure Harpers Ferry has a bright future ahead.
Martha Ehlman, owner of Tenfold Fair Trade which saw great loss in the fire, is hopeful for the future of her business and our town.
"The fireman were shooting their water on the building…and there was rainbow there,” she said, smiling. “So I can just hope for rebirth for all of us."
Elhman said she speaks for all of Harpers Ferry business owners when she says that the fire won't get the best of them.
"Harpers Ferry has been down many times,” she said. “We’ve been through floods and fires before, so we'll be back."
We place our hope in those of you who know and love Harpers Ferry. It is well worth a long voyage to see and with your help we can rebuild our town and make it vibrant for decades to come.
Washington Post on the initial fire: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fire-youve-got-to-get-out-in-historic-harpers-ferry-a-blaze-destroys-more-than-just-buildings/2015/07/23/89444e50-3180-11e5-97ae-30a30cca95d7_story.html
WHAG-TV on the renewal progress: http://www.your4state.com/news/news/business-owners-set-to-open-this-weekend-six-weeks-after-fire
THANK YOU to the following donors for contributing to our recovery work outside of this website:
$5 Jennifer Caldwell Falling Waters, WV
$5 Kristi Woodruff Winchester, WV
$5 Victoria Montano Harpers Ferry, WV
$5 Laura Messina Martinsburg, WV
$5 Shantel Mauck Harpers Ferry, WV
$5 Andrew Kershner Martinsburg, WV
$5 Jennifer Jones Charles Town, WV
$5 Sierra Harley Martingsburg, WV
$10 Stephanie Thomas Martinsburg, WV
$10 Lynn Vaughn Harpers Ferry, WV
$15 Sarah Madden Cheverly, MD
$20 Kelly Bennett
$25 Sandra Cookson Shenandoah Junction, WV
$25 Deborah Stottlemyer Charles Town, WV
$25 Phyllis Radinsky Owings Mill, MD
$25 Hewlen & Francis Campanella Harpers Ferry, WV
$25 Lyle & Theresa Rush Shenandoah Junction, WV
$25 Karen Eddleman Harpers Ferry, WV
$30 cash (unknown donor)
$39 Harpers Ferry Women's Club Fundraiser
$40 Deborah Ryan
$50 Denise Richmond Greensboro, NC
$50 Suzanne Koenig Harpers Ferry, WV
$50 Barbara Alexander Shepherdstown, WV
$50 Barbara Pusateri Harpers Ferry, WV
$50 Toni Visconti Harpers Ferry, WV
$50 Jo Shoesmith Harpers Ferry, WV
$50 Lawrence & Patricia Franklin Kearneysville, WV
$50 Wendy Pacek Shepherdstown, WV
$50 James Addy Harpers Ferry, WV
$50 Michael & Patricia Davis Ranson, WV
$50 Shawn Amos Harpers Ferry, WV
$50 Timothy Vaughn Brunswick, GA
$50 Senator John Unger Martinsburg, WV
$50 Deborah Ryan
$50 Rock Wheeler Bolivar, WV
$50 Gary DeBrueler Winchester, VA
$65 Virginia Richardson St Mary's City, MD
$70 Sarah Gordon Harpers Ferry, WV
$75 Toni Visconti Harpers Ferry, WV
$75 Roger & Judy Wolf Knoxville, MD
$87.65 cash (unknown donor)
$100 Jim Addy Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Karen Marshal Johnstown, PA
$100 Dick & Molly Cunningham Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Stephen & Leslie Hague Newark, DE
$100 Jean Hale Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Susan and George Stocks Charles Town, WV
$100 Hazel Parsons Ripley, WV
$100 Greg & Lynn Vaughn Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Panhandle Hydroculture Martinsburg, WV
$100 Frances & Ann Trapp Arlington, VA
$100 Jane Rissler Charles Town, WV
$100 Al & Allison Alsdorf Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Theresa Harris Grantsville, WV
$100 Virginia Graf Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Ron Clark Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Bob Machintosh Berryville, VA
$100 Egon & June Elsner Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Dick & Laurie Potteiger Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Rebecca Harriett Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Jerry Hutton and Warren McKimmie Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 George Rutherford Charles Town, WV
$100 Laura Hill Argyle, TX
$100 Jerry & Marianne Bayer The Villages, FL
$100 John Wheeling, WV
$100 Patricia Coates Frederick, MD
$100 Earl Demaris Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Stephanie Rockenbaugh Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Billy Ray & Cindi Dunn Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Greg & Lynn Vaughn Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Joseph Seay Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Frances Morgan (Aylmere Farm) Summit Point, WV
$100 Kurt & Brenda Christensen Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Jude & Linda Hoffman Shenandoah Junction, WV
$100 David Labine Cleveland, TN
$100 Craig Chesley Charles Town, WV
$105 R. Ethan Grace Harpers Ferry, WV
$120 Lisa Poland Martinsburg, WV
$145 Michael & Mary Reck Harpers Ferry, WV
$150 Tenfold Fair Trade Harpers Ferry, WV
$150 Jackson Rose B&B Harpers Ferry, WV
$150 Carol Gallant Harpers Ferry, WV
$180 Carrie’s 40th Birthday Harpers Ferry, WV
$200 Mildred Wheeless Henrico, VA
$250 Verizon Wireless (matching gift) Tulsa, OK
$200 Vessel International Smithsburg, MD
$200 Su Schmidt Harpers Ferry, WV
$200 Barbara Humes Harpers Ferry, WV
$225 Steve Ramberg & Betsy Bainbridge Harpers Ferry, WV
$250 Camp Hill Methodist Church Harpers Ferry, WV
$250 Kimberly Gillespie Kearneysville, WV
$250 ATC Members & Maintainers Harpers Ferry, WV
$250 Womans Club of Harpers Ferry Harpers Ferry, WV
$250 Karin Dupree Millville, WV
$250 Women's Club Harpers Ferry, WV
$265 Mary Heise (Mary Adams Jewelry) Hamilton VA
$297 Karen Andersen Berryville, VA
$300 Cade & Camden Kennedy Harpers Ferry, WV
$313 Swiss Miss Harpers Ferry, WV
$346 Hassan Rasheed Shepherdstown, WV
$417 Desiree Harris Harpers Ferry, WV
$435 Deborah Ryan
$480 Bed and Bisket Harpers Ferry, WV
$500 BB&T Whiteville, NC
$500 BB&T Charles Town, WV
$500 Terry Alexander Harpers Ferry, WV
$540 Country Cafe (PaintNite Event) Harpers Ferry, WV
$569 American Public University Charles Town, WV
$628 Laurel Lodge Harpers Ferry, WV
$655 James Cummins Bakerton, WV
$1,000 Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation
$1,000 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Harpers Ferry, WV
$1,349 Ashbury United Methodist Church Charles Town, WV
$2,500 Fundraising by Eric Bell Jefferson Co, WV
$3,112 Harpers Ferry Strong t-shirt sales
$3,555 Mena's Pizzaria Harpers Ferry, WV
$3,897 Joshua Vance (Pristine Homes) Harpers Ferry, WV
$5,000 Schaufeld Family Foundation Leesburg, VA
Selective demolition of the three fire damaged buildings is underway. Thanks to the committed property owners, the historic masonry buildings are to be preserved and restored. Removing the modern addition that housed Tenfold Fair Trade has revealed the original stone armory building at 181 Potomac Street (shown here in 1944).
Your contributions to the Renew Harpers Ferry fund have helped owners, merchants, residents and employees displaced by the fire. Tenfold Fair Trade ( http://www.tenfoldfairtrade.com/) has temporarily relocated to 200 High Street and The Vintage Lady ( http://vintageladyharpersferry.com/) has reopened at 196 High Street. With your continued support, we look forward to begin reconstruction in early 2016!
Posted by Danny Chiotos
Thank you for your support of Harpers Ferry! I want to pass along a couple updates from local businesses...
The Teahorse Hostel ( http://teahorsehostel.com/) will donate 20% of lodging receipts to Renew Harpers Ferry for Labor Day Weekend (September 5th, 6th and 7th).
The Laurel Lodge ( www.laurellodge.com) and the Peggy Dye House ( http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p205203) will be contributing 50% of their lodging receipts to the Renew Harpers Ferry fund for the weekend of September 18th and 19th.
Local businesses are starting to re-open their doors and the effort is making progress: http://www.your4state.com/news/news/business-owners-set-to-open-this-weekend-six-weeks-after-fire
I want to recognize the below donors for your assistance to the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation's recovery work.
$25 Karen Eddleman, Harpers Ferry, WV
$50 Shawn Amos, Harpers Ferry, WV
$50 Timothy Vaughn, Brunswick, GA
$75 Roger & Judy Wolf, Knoxville, MD
$100 Jane Rissler, Charles Town, WV
$100 Al & Allison Alsdorf, Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Rebecca Harriett, Harpers Ferry, WV
$100 Jerry & Marianne Bayer, The Villages, FL
$180 Carrie’s 40th Birthday, Harpers Ferry, WV
$500 Terry Alexander, Harpers Ferry, WV
$1000 Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation
$5000 Schaufeld Family Foundation, Leesburg, VA
I don't have any money to donate right now, but I have shared this on my wall to do what I can to spread the word, and hopefully get a couple of donations to you through sharing. I wish you all the best of luck back there in Harpers Ferry, WV. My heart is with you all ♥
We will post on sites to help spread word. Confused as to where the $150,000 will go to. States renew Harpers ferry, is this to help offset costs insurance won't cover, buildings were not insured, or to the employees who lost their earnings. Please clarify I think this will shed some light and increase donations. Ty.
are you collecting items?