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O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment

Thomas Hall, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 110 Church Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
732 801 0381
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: O Be Joyfull offers historical tours of Harpers Ferry and historical concerts featuring music from the Civil War and from the Irish. Tours and... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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McAllen, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

My two oldest sons and I went to Harpers Ferry as a side trip on a visit to Washington DC. My only expectation had been to walk around the historically preserved town and see the sights. Our B&B hostess told us about Rick Garland's tour, and said we shouldn't miss it. Was she ever right! My sons and I were... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I had the pleasure of spending several hours with Rick for a private tour of Harpers Ferry yesterday. Aside from winter's cold, the tour was not only very enjoyable, but also an incredibly educational experience. It's been a long time since I've recalled the history of the Civil War, John Brown, et all, and though have passed by HF many... More

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I attended a few of the performances over the years at Longstreet Farm in Holmdel, NJ. Rick was entertaining and captivating. It was refreshing to see many young children sit and listen to his stories and songs. An wonderful alternative to being "plugged in". My children (10 & 8) enjoyed it and recited some of the facts at dinner tonight!... More

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Westchesterd County NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Before our three-hour afternoon tour with Rick we had spent several hours walking through various buildings and exhibits throughout Harpers Ferry -- and there are a few! I wondered how much of an overlap there would be. Hardly any, it turned out, because Rick's wealth of knowledge just deepened things we had seen, making them more interesting, more contextual, richer.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We are a family of four and our two kids are ages 6 and 8. They sat front and center during all the stories and had a blast! Heed the warnings about the lack of restrooms, though. Harpers Ferry is pretty much shut down after 7pm (and we went on a Friday night).

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New Windsor, Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Rick is the best tour guide I have ever heard at any attraction I've ever been to ( I've been to many places around the world). He is very knowledgeable, makes the local history come alive and puts it into meaningful perspectivre from regional, national and international perspectives. He guides to the best vantage points. His narrative is, well, a... More

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Beltsville, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Rick, We planned a weekend trip with friends from Las Vegas October 12th and 13th to Gettysburg, Frederick, and Harper's Ferry. Though the government closed federal property the Gettysburg bus tour was good, the Frederick ghost tour was okay, and your Harper's Ferry tour was awesome! We all had a great experience. Thank you for taking the time to share... More

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Ashland, Kentucky, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Our 10 men church group drove 8 hours from Kentucky and I am so glad that we hired Rick Garland for our guide. All my life I have gone places and merely read the placards at sites. Wow what a difference Rick made on the 4our hour tour. He included us by asking us ?'s to make us think and... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We went to Harper's Ferry in the Spring 2013. I have been several times before - my BF's first time. Not everything was open yet for the summer season, F.Y.I. which made Rick's tour even more important to do to get the lay of the land. Caution: these are walking tours (up some stairs), on some uneven surfaces, and it... More

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Poland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

My friends and I just spent the most interesting three-and-a-half hours of our lives. Rick Garland's historical tour of Harper's Ferry is awesome! Rick is an encyclopedia of knowledge concerning Harper's Ferry--from George Washington to John Brown to the flood of 1936. He makes the whole experience fun, with witty comments and audience participation. Even though the temperature was in... More

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