The Town's Inn

179 High Street PO Box 1412, Harpers Ferry, WV 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 room4.1
  • Service4.3
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining3.9

Rare Retreat

5 on May 12, 2015

Delightful Spring retreat with radical hospitality, best in location, location, location and great hearts .

Great Time at Harpers Ferry

4.6 on June 04, 2014

Myself and a friend were bicycling the C & O Canal Towpath from Cumberland, MD to Washington D.C. and arrived in Harper's Ferry, WV with food and a shower on our mind. We first attempted to get a room in town at a Bed and Breakfast but the rooms were sold out. We than set our sights on food and found ourselves at The Towns Inn. When we arrived I asked the waitress if she knew of any rooms available and it just so happened that the new owners of the Towns Inn purchased a house located beside the restaurant 2 months prior to our arrival and they would be willing to rent it out for the night as a Hostel for $30 a person. The room had 2 bunk beds, a pellet stove (not needed in May) a couch, a common area upstairs with 1 1/2 baths, the stand up shower was tile walls and floor and much nicer than anything you could find anywhere in the country for $30. The beds had clean linens. I was so grateful for the owners hospitality. The food at dinner was also outstanding. I had the rainbow trout (highly recommended) and 2 Cold Trail Ale's. The Ale was a bit expensive at $6 per 18oz glass but when you want a beer you want a beer. The assistant manager Jeff Washington was one of the nicest people we met on our trip, have a couple of lengthy and person conversations with him and felt he was a great person to have at the Inn. They open early (6am) which is nice if you want to get moving early in the morning. I recommend the Biscuit and Sausage Gravy for breakfast. Kept me full almost 3 hours into the the ride.


4.0 on October 16, 2013

Friendly Innkeeper - delicious wholesome food.

"Exchanging the kids"

4.8 on August 05, 2013

We choose The Towns Inn as a meeting place to pick up kids and have a mini trip with Grandparents. Our stay was delightful. The Inn is so charming, the third floor room exceeded our expectations. Food was wonderful-- home cooked. Inn is centrally located in town. Will definitely come back, hopefully with our bikes!

Your best bet in Harpers Ferry

4.0 on February 08, 2013

I have stayed here twice so far. The rooms are small, but clean, and the staff is very helpful. The best part about it, however, is its amazing location just a short walk from the train station with a great view of the town and landscape beyond right from the front porch.

Lush bathrobes!

5 on September 12, 2012

Only for folks who love historic buildings! Lush bathrobes make the trip down the hall to your private bath a cake walk.

In the middle of it all.

4.4 on August 04, 2012

Get off the Applalacian Trail on C&O bike trail. The Town's Inn is central to everything and within budget.

Pleasant Surprise

3.8 on July 10, 2012

We stayed in the Town's Inn for 4 nights in the first week in July. The buildings looked wonderful and the room was better than we expected. The weather was very hot and the window unit did a great job. A bit difficult to sleep considering the thin walls and the nearby train station, but it was a wonderful spot for visiting the town of Harper's Ferry. Karan is such a nice woman and we felt very welcome. We only ate breakfast at the Inn's restaurant which was great the first day but not entirely great the second day. It's a nice little spot with spectacular views!

An Inn that resonates with the look and feel of Harper's Ferry

4.2 on June 24, 2012

This was the second time we stayed at Town's Inn. The staff and innkeeper are tremendous and made us feel like this was our home for the night. They offer great rooms, great food, and great service at an affordable price. We will be back! Also don't forget to check out the variety of hiker/biker food and supplies - from healthy snacks to power bars and all purpose soaps and other handy items you may need on the trail. Stop in at the second floor office and check it out.

A nice place to stay

4.6 on December 05, 2011

Perfect stop-over for anyone hiking the Appalachian trail or cycling the C&O canal. bathrooms have all necessities like soap, shampoo, linens, etc. My room had a robe to use -- very nice!

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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, Village, 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

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Inn Details

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, Internet Service

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, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • 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.
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Karan Townsend

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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.

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  • 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.

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