History of the Inn-Keeper

Born in 1949, Karan Townsend has devoted her life to God, family, and career.
Her doctorate degree is in education (curriculum and instruction), with post-graduate
studies in law, real estate, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Her
experience ranges from raising three wonderful children in Texas to serving as Director
of Research and Development at the English Training Center of New Horizons (a
computer training company) in Kuwait and Director of English Studies at Salzburg
International Preparatory School in Austria. In 1997, she purchased a home on Capitol
Hill and has been employed as an ESOL professor at Washington Bible College and
Capital Bible Seminary, Northern Virginia Community College, and Oakwood English
Language Institute (a private school that has had a twenty-year contract with the Saudi
Arabian Embassy to provide English instruction to Saudis in Washington, DC). Her
primary interests have been teaching English to internationals, teaching remedial English
to Americans, and teaching business English in both academic and “on-the-job”

She moved to Harpers Ferry on 21 February 2007 to establish the Town’s Inn in a
historical house (circa 1840) that her son and his wife bought. She savors life in Harpers
Ferry and has enjoyed participating as a member of many organizations, including the
Fellowship Bible Church, Harpers Ferry Planning Commission, Harpers Ferry Historic
Town Foundation, Harpers Ferry Merchant Association, Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club,
Jefferson County Development Authority, Jefferson County Convention and Visitor
Bureau, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and more.  She recently established the (Almost Heaven) Health and Heritage Academy in the Inn.  The Academy offers programs of educational and recreational activities from November through April, including a special languages and culture program for Internationals who desire to increase their proficiency in the English language.










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Current Specials

• Special packages for special groups (Scouts, churches, children, teens, seniors, hikers, bicyclists, musicians, internationals…)

• A 50% mid-week (Wednesday) military discount for men and women on active duty.

• A free night after 6 consecutive nights at full cost

• Customized packages that include lodging, meals, local transportation, and activities

• Customized packages for special events (retreats, reunions, wedding and other celebrations) that include lodging, food/beverages, entertainment, and other aspects of hospitality.

• Customized packages for special interests (Wineries, History, Shopping)

• Winter Weekday Getaway Discounts from 15 January - 15 March (excluding holidays maybe) available upon request:


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