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“Long, but great tour!”

O' Be Joyfull Historical Tours & Entertainment
Ranked #3 of 3 Tours in Harpers Ferry
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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!
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Long, but great tour!”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

We went on a nice day in January and Rick was able to accomodate us and a few other people by giving us a tour even though it is Harpers Ferry off season. The website said the tour was 2.5-3 hours long but ours was actually 3.5 hours long. My husband and I knew very little about the history of Harper's Ferry, so it was a very informative tour for us (probably not a good tour for kids though because they will not have that attention span). He goes into great detail about US history in general to get you set up for the history of Harpers Ferry. I liked that he delved into history, culture, religion, politics, etc. so you got the entire picture of what was going on at the time. The only thing we didn't care for is that he voiced his own political, educational, and religious views a little much for our taste. Overall, he is a wonderful story teller and keeps you engaged in the stories by asking you questions. It was getting colder as the day went on, so we visited all of the sights, but did the final stories back at the church. The tour includes St. Peter's Church, Jefferson's Rock, Harper House, then walking around town. After you are done with the tour it is a good idea to go check out some of the National Park museums (that are free) and not included in the tour. Overall, it was a great afternoon and we look forward to coming back in the summer and trying the ghost tour.

Visited January 2013
4 Thank Kelsey B
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English first
Delaplane, VA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What a birthday treat!”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

My husband and I planned a weekend away to Harpers Ferry to celebrate my birthday. Even though early January is not a popular vacation time, Rick Garland was gracious to accomodate the two of us on a fascinating and eye-opening individual tour that lasted almost 4 hours. History becomes truly exciting when explained by Rick, who has such an in-depth knowledge of the area along with a passion for these events. We enjoyed learning about the different perspectives that influenced the events, and were grateful for the additional resources he provided for further information on the topics. A fun highlight was the birthday song he sang to me in the church. How special, and memorable! Highly. highly recommended, and we hope to return for another one of his programs.

Visited January 2013
3 Thank Sara F
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Winchester, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“STOP what you are doing!!!”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Call and make a reservation right now! There is a reason this is the #1 attraction in HF. What a treat. Rick is extremely knowledgeable and isn't shy about his feelings concerning the history of HF. If you want an honest, educational and very enjoyable tour, you will be pleased. It starts out a little slow in his house (but not painfully). But it amps up quickly as you tour about the town. And don't be shy about questions. Rick has an opinion and education about most things HF. I promise you, you will walk away smarter and happier.

Visited October 2012
3 Thank 4ced_family_fun
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Northern VA
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice guy, good story teller”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We went on his ghost tour of Harpers Ferry. It happened to be freezing the night we went. I think it was a good value and he is very nice and entertaining. This is a great thing to do if you need some Harpers Ferry entertainment.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank kjgmsu
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Conway, NH
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“joyful indeed!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Rick is a treasure! After a long day on our bikes we were energized by Rick's singing and storytelling. He involved the whole group and we all left with smiles on our faces and songs in our hearts.

Visited October 2012
3 Thank Tesol4
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