The Town's Inn

179 High Street PO Box 1412, Harpers Ferry, 25425 USA (Show map)
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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
  • Cleanliness4.1
  • Onsite Dining3.5

Beautiful people, beautiful historic location near everything

4.8 on September 07, 2018

Our room was on the top floor. It was spacious and had a great view of the lower part of the town. Karan and the staff were lovely and accommodating. This was one of the best weekends I've ever had.

Charm in a great location!

3.8 on August 29, 2018

This is a place to stay for an authentic experience. You’ll feel that you’re a part of what makes Harpers Ferry a destination. Like many tourist destinations, it isn’t as cheap as other places, but the location is terrific, the ambiance friendly, and decor genuine.

A great night stay

4.2 on August 18, 2018

We stayed one night before heading out to hike the AT. Great pace to stay!

Awesome Experience in Harper's Ferry

4.6 on August 07, 2018

This was such a unique and wonderful experience, our family loved it. Get the room on the ground floor.

Charming historic inn.

4.4 on August 06, 2018

Karan could not have been more welcoming, flexible and helpful.

Town's Inn Review

1.4 on July 29, 2018

The room we stayed in was upstairs above the store. It was oddly laid out with the room's private bath on a different floor and next to the store/kitchen so you had to walk through the main area of the Inn to get up stairs to the room from the bathroom. (They said they would provide robes but did not.) The AC unit in the room did not cool at all and was moldy. The staff smoked directly outside the back of the inn and you could smell it from inside. Wiring in the room was dodgy, with an extension cord plugged in behind the bed that led to a wall where it was plastered in, and a note on the plug staying "do not unplug". I have no idea where the cord led or what it was to. The inn had an unclean appearance with doors open to storage areas with towels/linens and other items in piles. Garbage bags were laying open in the alley and not in cans. We biked to the inn from along the C&O trail and the bike storage was not great. Bikes were stored outside under stairs, but we were able to lock them after removing all the bags.

great stay!

4.0 on July 25, 2018

This is an historic Inn so it is brimming over with character. We arrived bedraggled and muddy having ridden the C&O Trail in torrential rain, but Karan and her staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming, allowing us to use facilities long before our check-in time. We hope to return. Mark and Karin.

Historical BandB

3.0 on July 14, 2018

The Inn is in the heart of Harpers Ferry "low town." It is not a conventional BandB in that one has to purchase breakfast in the little cafe in the Inn. The proprietor is very lovely and helpful. We left some medicine in the room refrigerator and she overnighted it to us, after being sure to keep it refrigerated until she could mail it. It is a quaint place to stay.

Mountain View

3.2 on July 11, 2018

We stayed in the Mountain View Inn which the pictures show the Bistro beside. I feel the Mountain View was a little pricey for what we got, but Karen was sweet, very knowledgeable about the town and we did get to stay in the heart of Harpers Ferry.

Fun Place!

3.8 on July 02, 2018

Town's Inn is unique and fun. Staff was welcoming, helpful, and enjoyable to talk with. This is an old Inn serving home made meals, cooked before your eyes. Fun to meet the backpackers and bicyclists coming through. A mixture of all types of families. So, we loved it!

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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

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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, 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.

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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.