The Town's Inn

179 High Street PO Box 1412, Harpers Ferry, 25425 USA (Show map)


This unique historic (circa 1840) inn is located in the center of the Harpers Ferry living history village situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, just steps from the C&O Canal Towpath and Appalachian Trail, as well as the storybook train station served by Amtrak and MARC trains.



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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.2
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining3.6

A dissapointment.

1.6 on May 01, 2018

Out stay on April 28th was a total disappointment.

Classic place

4.2 on April 17, 2018

We stayed here overnight while on a bike trip on the C&O towpath. It’s a classic place right in the mist of the historic area. The restaurant was closed because I think a tree had fallen through the roof, hopefully I’ll get to try the restaurant next time when I repair it. I would stay here again

a 1840 room that was brought up to 2018 expectations

2.8 on April 10, 2018

You have to remember that this building was built in 1840. We were in the only room with a private bath. The owner and family were super nice. You can not have any physical problems because of stairs everywhere and low ceilings. They give you plenty of towels. Our room had a coffee machine plus real good coffee grounds, microwave and mini refrigerator . We were their in early April before the busy season started and dining room not open, so breakfast was served in our room one day and in a lobby the second day Great bike riding and hiking area. Lots of free museums to see and learn the history of Harpers Ferry. Parking is about 2 blocks away but you can unload quickly right in front of office. Thank you Karen and family for such a nice stay.

A Night at The Town's Inn

4.2 on March 14, 2018

The location is unbeatable.. right in the town itself surrounded by all of the key locations of historic Harper's Ferry. We stayed in the Potomac Room, which appeared recently redone with a comfortable bed and plenty of space. The process of checking in was rather strange and a bit hectic, but all of that aside, we enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend this B&B to friends and family. Check it out!

Very pleasant stay

4.2 on February 26, 2018

We were drawn to this lovely town and inn from a TV show. I am so glad we made the trip. It is much smaller than I had expected but was well worth the drive! Everyone was very nice to work with, the room was clean and warm, and the coffee in the snack area was fresh and hot!

Beautiful and Quaint

4.6 on February 15, 2018

This place is very lovely and the room was a good size. I had hoped the restaurant would be open but it was not. The room had a separate heater that kept it nice and warm.

Fell a bit short

2.6 on February 01, 2018

It was a lovely inn to stay at and did allow a one night stay...however the room we stayed in did not look like the one they are selling online. It was very cluttered, the chairs were not there and the bedspread looked very old and outdated. For those who want a TV in the evening (as there is no night life in Harpers Ferry, unless you go to The Barn...which we recommend!) there is none in the rooms. The bathroom, although lovely, was very dark when showering that we had to open the curtain the shower and the curtain on the window. It is NOT a bed and breakfast...they have breakfast in the cafe but it is not included with the room pricing. Overall we had a great time and we were glad to be in Harpers Ferry. It just fell a little short for us.

Great B&B for a weekend trip

3.8 on January 18, 2018

The Town's Inn was a great place to stay for a short weekend trip to Harpers Ferry. The rooms were clean and cozy and were across the street from the main street of town.

Not What We Expected

1.6 on January 03, 2018

We are sad for the owner but can't recommend this place. It's like somebody's musty attic. The room was cold and certainly had no charm. Afraid to use electric heater provided as it seemed like a real fire trap. No parking either. We learned after we left that it was featured on Hotel Hell. Sorry to say none of the suggestions seem to have been implemented. Really a shame, it has potential.

I am a repeat customer and love visiting. Ill always come back

4.4 on December 17, 2017

Ive stayed at the Towns Inn multiple times and would gladly stay again. We came to celebrate Olde Time Christmas

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Rooms & Rates


3rd Floor; Renovated March 2016; 2 queen size beds; private bath on 2nd floor (not en suite)

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Town's Hostel

Large room ( over 450 SF ) partitioned into 3 areas: a Palor (sitting area) with a sleeper sofa, dining table & 4 chairs; a Nook with twin-size bunk beds; a Bedroom with 4 twin-size beds and a bathroom en suite. Price is $35/person.

  • Maximum Capacity: 8
  • Beds 1 Double , 6 Twin

River View West

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Large room ( over 350 SF ) with a queen-size bed, twin-size day bed, trundle bed, sofa, chair, coffee table, & other furniture. Pet - friendly: $30/night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin


2nd Floor Under Renovation Feb. 2016; Brass queen-size bed; brass twin-size day bed with a trundle bed; private bath accessible from hallway ( not en suite )

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin


2nd floor; Under renovation Feb. 2016; 1 queen-size bed; private bathroom en suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

River View East

1 full-size bed, private bath downstairs

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Mountain View

Mountain View

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Check Dates


Location Type

Confluence of Potomac & Shenandoah RIvers, Near Appalachian Trail, Near C&O Canal Trail, 5 miles from Charles Town Horse Race Track, Near antique stores & flea markets & outlets, Near farms set up for children, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Washington DC, DC (IAD-Dulles) 38 miles

Directions to property:

The inn is located about 60 miles from Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD and about 30 miles from Frederick, MD and Leesburg, VA. It can be reached by Interstates 70 & 270 and other major routes such as US 340 and VA 7 & 9, & 267. The Inn can also be accessed by train and even by bicyle since there is a bike path along the C&O Canal, which parallels the Potomac River. See the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park website (.nps/hafe) for detailed directions. The Inn is one block from the Park and the restored train station.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Charles Town Race Track, Walmart Super Center, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Whitewater Rafting Outfitters & Guides, Fishing Outfitters & Guides, Appalachian Trail Headquarters & Visitor Center, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Radio, Secretarial services, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wet bar, Wi-Fi , Inn Shoppe (gifts, toiletries, snacks, beverages), Balcony, patio, decks, Parlor with microwave, disposable dishes, Baby-sitting service, Train Station one block south, On-site restaurant

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Fridge

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Museums, Civil War Enactiments, Naptional Park Programs & Shopes (Bookstore), Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Familes are welcome!
  • Childcare Provided: Limited The Inn will provide a list of on-site/off-site babysitters
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: The amont of the payment for the first night must be made in full by credit card to reserve the room as a security deposit and will automatically be transferred to the cost of the room.
  • Cancellations: The full amount of the security deposit will be refunded with notice of 48 hours or more. Except in extreme emergencies, only 50% will be refunded with notice between 24 and 47 hours, and none of the deposit will be refunded with less than 24 hours notice.



Karan Townsend

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Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

After almost 4 decades of serving as a professor of English for Speakers of Other Languages and professional work in law and real estate, I became an innkeeper to serve my family (5 grandchildren!), friends, and other visitors to Harpers Ferry, a place that is truly a national treasure.

Check Dates




  • Cost: varies
  • Time Served: 6:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Guest room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Pizza and More....
After the nearby restaurants close in the evening, guests can order pizza and other simple meals from the "Limited Late Night" menu.