History of the Inn
History of the Hertigage House (179 High Street)
The geography and history of the town are unique and rich beyond description. The
geography and history of the Inn are likewise interesting.
The building (179 High Street) was the residence at the "end of the town" when it
was built in 1840 by the Robert Doran Family, who purchased the land from the Wager
Family in 1839. How providential that the "Towns-end" Family should purchase this
property almost 170 years later!
Furthermore, the great-grandparents of local resident Lynn Vaughn resided in this house
in the early 20th century. This was the William Oliver Towns Family! Mr. Towns was the
publisher of the Harpers Ferry Times newspaper and a photographer. The Towns Studio
and Publishing Establishment was across the street at 186 High Street. Ms Vaughn provided
County), now West Virginia. As a young man, he moved to Mount Jackson, Virginia and
married Clara Virginia Walters. They moved to Winchester, Virginia for eight years, then
to Lewistown, Pennsylvania, then to Toms Brook, Virginia, and in 1900 to Harpers Ferry,
where they resided with their family at 179 High Street. Their children were Clara May,
Lillie Irene, William Garnett, and Earl Cleveland Towns. Mr. Towns had a photography
studio and print shop in what is now the Secret Six Sundries/Tavern building across the
street from the 179 High Street. He was the editor and publisher of the Harpers Ferry
Times, a weekly newspaper in the early 1900’s. He was active in the Camp Hill
Methodist Church as well as in the Prohibition Movement. He died on August 14, 1924
and is buried in the Harper Cemetery.