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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 2014
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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Hollywood, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

When looking for things to do in Harpers Ferry we saw there was a ghost tour led by Rick Garland. We checked out his website and found that he also does historical tours of the town during the day and also a Songs and Stories concert in the afternoons. We decided we would like to do all three so made... More

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Chicago
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Rick is terrific. He works inductively and deductively weaving the history of the area into the history of our country. His walk though Harper's Ferry includes insights into political, cultural, social, religious, geographic, and economic issues. Rick narrates the story through anecdote, humor (I laughed out loud several times!), a continuum of musical touch points (including Shenandoah and John Denver's... More

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Lorton, Virginia
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This walking tour of Harpers Ferry is very informative, interesting and fun. The guide, Rick Garland, dresses in historical garb, and communicates the fascinating history of Harpers Ferry with great stories and anecdotes, humor, even occasionally with songs of the time. This tour was a highlight of the visit my wife and I made to Harpers Ferry, and I recommend... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We found Rick to be very knowledgeable of area history. This was three hours very well spent. If you go to Harpers Ferry and are interested in history this tour is a must.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

As I return to Harpers Ferry often and with different people I seek different things to do while visiting the area. On this trip my associate and I decided to take the Ghost Tour despite the fact that we had taken it before. My previous experience occurred in October 1996; while my associate had enjoyed it sometime before or after... More

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Russell, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

When Rick appeared in vintage dress we knew this would be an interesting tour. Ricks very causal entertaining and interactive approach to history was refreshing! Our tour came alive with historical tibbits and song. Yes, he sang old and new songs to us! Before long we where singing with him! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

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McAllen, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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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