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O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment

Address: Thomas Hall, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 110 Church Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone Number: 732 801 0381
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historical & heritage tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: O Be Joyfull offers historical tours of Harpers Ferry and historical concerts featuring music from...
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Type: Historical & heritage tours, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I took my two teenaged sons on an educational tour of key historical landmarks in U.S. history over their winter break. Rick led us on a fascinating, in-depth, walking tour of Harper's Ferry and its rich history. We were spellbound by his animated storytelling for over 5 hours! Not only does he make a striking impression in period clothing, but... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

On November 16th, our group of about 14 from the Knights of Columbus, the St. John Neumann Council of Elkridge, Maryland, went on the best historical tour I have ever attended. Rick Garland, of "O' Be Joyful" historical Tours was the most engaging guide. Our day began by attending 11:00 Mass at St. Peter's, then we had a bite of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were able to take a Halloween night tour with Rick and it was amazing! He does a fantastic job of mixing Harpers Ferry history into the actual ghost stories! You never get bored of either one. Two stories were more gruesome than I expected but not bad. My husband said I was expecting the Casper the Friendly Ghost Tour!... More 

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Rick Garland's historical tour is a must do when visiting Harpers Ferry. Rick makes history come alive with his knowledge and storytelling ability. Rick's narratives are delivered as you walk through the streets and buildings of Harpers Ferry and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The tour lasts four hours but time passes quickly as you become immersed in the long and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Rick makes the history of Harper's Ferry come alive with his colourful stories and encyclopedic knowledge of Harper's Ferry history. He's a natural storyteller and very funny to boot. There's much more to Harper's Ferry than John Brown and the raid on the armory; the history goes back past George Washington - back to the early 1700's. Rick makes every... More 

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Leawood, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Loved this walking tour with Rick. He is a walking, talking, singing history book. Full of information about American History as well as Harpers Ferry and the surrounding areas. We thought a 4 hour tour was going to be too long but time flew by and we loved every minute. It was a good mix of walking, stopping and sitting... More 

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

There's is so much more to Harpers Ferry and the surrounding area than John Brown's rebellion. Rick gives a fantastic and detailed explanation of the area's development....along with some musical embellishments. I felt sorry for the folks who seemed to only see the top tourist spots! All ages will enjoy spending time with Rick. Be sure to plan accordingly as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

This was my first time going on a tour and it was awesome. Rick did a great job in keeping us entertained, while keeping us informed on what went on here.

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Ware, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was an outstanding day in my latest US trip. As a teacher of nineteenth century US history at St Edmund's College, Ware in the UK, I am familiar with the name of Harper's Ferry. This trip was a surprise set up for me by my charming and generous hosts for the latter part of my stay. Mr Garland is... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Rick, our guide greeted our group of three visitors and escorted us to a private location within the Church Rectory (not generally open) and started us off with a restroom break, a bottle of water and questions about us and our level of knowledge about his topic. All three turned out to be very helpful and proved that he was... More 

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