HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — The government shutdown has united merchants and officials in Harpers Ferry in hopes of keeping visitors coming to the historic destination.
The community relies heavily on tourism dollars from visitors to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, which also offers parking and public restrooms. In the absence of those amenities, merchants and civic leaders are providing both services to visitors.
Merchant Crystal Grimsley tells The Journal (http://bit.ly/GCvG9x) that the town is not enforcing two-hour parking and other spaces are being made available.
The Town of Harpers Ferry, the Harpers Ferry Merchants Association and the Harpers Ferry Historical Town Foundation pooled their resources to provide portable toilets so visitors can have access.
Hikers and outdoor adventurers can still enjoy the state-funded parts of the Appalachian Trail and the C&O Canal towpath.