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O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment

Harpers Ferry, WV, USA
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About O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment
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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Jackie r wrote a review Jul 2022
McDonough, Georgia5 contributions2 helpful votes
I am an avid ghost tour participant and this one is by far my favorite. I bought the book “A Ghostly Tour of Harpers Ferry by Shirley Dougherty” that was shown on the Harpers Ferry Ghost Tour Website. I read this before the tour, and it did not disappoint but when I attended the actual tour then all the stories proceeded to come to life right before your eyes. Harpers Ferry is a quaint town with a lot of history and intrigue. Our guide was Mr. Rick owner and historian for Harpers Ferry and let me tell you it was AWESOME. We had a mixture of young adults, with some still being in high school, a family from London and everyone was fully engaged in learning about the civil war, John Brown’s raid and all the rich history contained in Harpers Ferry. Mr. Rick is a great storyteller, full of extensive knowledge of the history of Harper’s Ferry, great singer and all the stories came to life with his retelling. Rick was very informative, and he kept the group interacting and engaged as he was telling the stories. He did a great job blending unexplained events with historical accounts. We were walking through town it was like we were transported back in time with the dress of Rick and how the stories were told. As we were standing/sitting at each place as the story was told you could feel the characters, see the characters, and totally feel the story come alive. It lasted almost 2 hours and it was not enough time for me, I wanted and needed more, but spooky enough that I was also glad to not be staying in town this night. Make sure you arrive early take in the sights before the tour a lot of great places to visit and learn about the history of Harpers Ferry but wear comfortable shoes and sturdy shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking which makes it that much more fun. I recommend that you try to park at the Amtrac station because there is no real parking in Harpers Ferry. There is a shuttle bus to take you there but at night the bus does not run so you would be stuck.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Happy Trails, Mary wrote a review Oct 2021
Indianapolis, Indiana287 contributions124 helpful votes
I took the Harpers Ferry ghost tour for $16.00. The female tour guide was not friendly or personable. She seemed knowledgeable, but wasn't good at telling ghost stories. She said she was a history teacher. Well, she talked like one too. I don't this tour was worth it.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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recorder wrote a review Jul 2021
Pineville, Missouri1735 contributions395 helpful votes
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Listening to Rick give this tour takes me back to my college history class days. I felt like I should have been taking notes. But there was a lot to learn about the history of Harpers Ferry, from the first river crossing to the Civil War. The John Brown episode takes up a fairly large part, but its not the only interesting thing that ever happened here. We unfortunately picked one of the hottest days of the year but it was a really worthwhile tour. Rick certainly has his take on what happened in this town and he can back it up with facts.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from rick g, Owner at O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment
Responded Jul 17, 2021
Thank you so much for your great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed my tour and Harpers' Ferry's incredible history!
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LWinterberger wrote a review Jul 2021
Greenville, Pennsylvania13 contributions17 helpful votes
Rick was an extremely knowledgeable tour guide who is very passionate about the history of this beautiful area. He was open to questions, and did not rush us through a "canned" script. His tour is not for someone wanting a 30 minute overview, as he presents history from many time periods. We appreciated that he started the tour in beautiful St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, where we could escape from the heat, yet also took time to walk us around various parts of Lower Harpers Ferry. My husband walks with a cane, but Rick was very accommodating and made the tour an enjoyable experience for us both. Certainly well worth the price of the tour!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from rick g, Owner at O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment
Responded Jul 5, 2021
Thanks for attending and for posting a great review! So glad you enjoyed my tour and Harpers Ferry's amazing history!
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jr-NYC wrote a review May 2021
Manhattan7 contributions3 helpful votes
Just returned from a trip to Shenandoah Valley and Harper’s Ferry where my husband and I booked an “Oh Be Joyful” tour with Rick Garland. Despite the cold, rainy day, Rick was undaunted, and meeting in the shelter of Saint Peter’s Church and several other comfortable locations, spent the next 5 hours with us, engaging us with his vast knowledge of political and Civil War history, asking probing questions and encouraging different viewpoints. Rick is a well-read master storyteller who brings history alive, presenting different viewpoints and provoking thoughtful discussion. Recommend that adults bring their kids to see how fun and engaging learning can be.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from rick g, Owner at O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment
Responded Jun 5, 2021
So glad you enjoyed my tour and perspective on History! Thanks so much for attending and for your kind words! It was great spending the time with such knowledgeable Americans!
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