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Harpers Ferry

or Harper's Ferry

[hahr-perz]
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noun
  1. a town in NE West Virginia at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers: site of John Brown's raid 1859.
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Harpers Ferry

The place now in West Virginia where the militant abolitionist John Brown was captured in 1859, after he seized a federal arsenal there.

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