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O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment

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Address: Thomas Hall, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 110 Church Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: 732 801 0381
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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O Be Joyfull offers historical tours of Harpers Ferry and historical...

O Be Joyfull offers historical tours of Harpers Ferry and historical concerts featuring music from the Civil War and from the Irish. Tours and concerts are entertaining, educational and fun!

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Boy , does Rick Garland ever know his history!!! He took my husband and I on a very well informed tour of harpers ferry. Just going there without knowing any history about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
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mechanicsburg pa.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Simply said, Rick was entertaining and informative - we got a good sense of Harpers Ferry - however, the information he presents on the cause of the Civil War was, for us, the reason we gave him a one rating. He is well read, but in revisionist causes of the Civil War. Now he is truly entitled to his opinion,... More 

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rickgmail, Owner at O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment, responded to this review

Wow! Ouch! Some disagreement on one aspect of the tour and you trash the entire rating? Is that really fair? From the moment that 'History' takes place, all that is subsequently 'Written' about it is 'Revisionist, including that of James McPherson's which is why I quoted Abraham Lincoln himself when he said to Congress two months into the war (a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Boy , does Rick Garland ever know his history!!! He took my husband and I on a very well informed tour of harpers ferry. Just going there without knowing any history about the town, to me would have been noneventful. just would have been looking at buildings that didn't have any meaning. We were still talking about some of the... More 

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2 Thank ana2747
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

I was very happy that my husband and I took this tour. It was very informative and enjoyable. My husband is older and I was afraid he could not handle the walk but he did fine there was a lot of stopping so that the history could be told it was great a must do if you are in harpers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

THE BEST!!!!!! Ric, the tourguide does not mingle religion or personal beliefs- he leaves the theory of ghosts up to you- but he has some ideas.....! the tour is very informative and a little creepy- he is a "costumed" guide, wearing Civil War era clothing. It is awesome. Book early as it fills up in Fall!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Well worth the money spent, Rick provided a lot of historical background. My son, who is a history buff, found it excellent. I love history, but I found that we spent a lot of time sitting still and listening, which isn't my cup of tea. Also, he made a few comments about women and a few about religion that made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We enjoyed our walking tour with Rick, who is very entertaining and knowledgeable about the history in the area.

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3 Thank Gus B
Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Rick provided my wife and me an in-depth and entertaining 3 to 4 hour private historical tour of Harpers Ferry. It was well worth the time and money. You leave with a better appreciation and understanding of the town and events that comprise Harpers Ferry. He is outspoken and many of his views are provocative. Clearly this is not a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Rick is insightful and amazing. My husband and I aren't huge history buffs but Rick made it so enjoyable I want to come back with my daughter and take the tour again!

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2 Thank Donna C
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A Harper's Ferry MUST DO! This tour provides an amazing look back in time. Rick's telling of events is not only informative but also insightful, entertaining and interactive. Thanks Rick, your tour was the highlight of our trip!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

We had a great time on our private historical tour with Rick. There were 5 of us - two adults (one from Germany and unfamiliar with Civil War history), two history-buff teenagers and an 11-year old. The tour was both informative and fun - very interactive, allowing the two young civil war scholars to shine and keeping them really interested.... More 

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