The Jackson Rose Bed & Breakfast

1167 W. Washington St, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
Innkeeper(s): Phil and Deb Hale
  • Introduction

    The Jackson Rose Bed & Breakfast front of inn

    Discover the culture and history at The Jackson Rose Bed & Breakfast in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. An 18th Century residence listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Make Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters your headquarters on your next visit to Harpers Ferry.

    Enjoy a historic Harpers Ferry, beautiful natural surroundings, restored 18th Century Home, full country breakfast, and dining room fireplace.

    We invite you to visit the past with us, sleeping and dining in the very rooms that the Lee family once owned and that Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson chose as his temporary headquarters during the Civil War.

    It is from here that Jackson wrote pleasingly to his wife of a stunning rose climbing to his second story room; thereafter referred to as the Jackson Rose.

    In a letter to his wife dated June 8, 1861, Stonewall writes about the house: "I have a nice green yard, and if you were only here, how much we could enjoy it together!...My chamber is on the second story, and the roses climb even to that height, and come into my window, so that I have to push them out, when I want to lower it. I wish you could see with me the beautiful roses in the yard and garden, and upon the wall of the house here; but my sweet, little sunny face is what I want to see most of all..."

    Our B&B offers three guest rooms, all comfortable and large, with queen-sized beds and private baths, amid the peaceful and quiet atmosphere of this old historic home.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Deb Hale for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We have folks who want to escape the nearby cities of Washington, DC, and Baltimore for a quiet country town weekend; and others who are making a Civil War circuit, touring several battlefields on a week-long road-trip; and others who come to Harpers Ferry purely for the outdoor activities - biking, hiking or river-related ones. Our guests are comprised of an equal amount of these.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We feel that our house is warm and inviting to guests. I love to watch guests start to relax right when they walk through the door. The house feels homey, and we try to make guests feel at home, too. We carry that feeling through to breakfast, where we serve fairly simple meals, but using local brown eggs, homemade jams and muffins fresh out of the oven. The atmosphere of our guest rooms is also important - they are comfortable - classy yet serene and cozy. We've added warm colors to every room, and try to anticipate guests' needs in terms of furniture and placement. The dining room especially exudes a warm, convivial charm - guests want to linger over breakfast, chatting with other guests and enjoying the tone of the room.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The natural beauty of Harpers Ferry - and it's so close to DC and its suburbs - it doesn't take a lot of effort to get here - yet it's a world apart.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    From a Polish lady, one of our early guests (first year) - she said that when she walked in the door, she felt the warmth and good spirits of the house envelop her - and that she trusts her intuitive feelings - clairvoyance runs in her family! Another guest said they felt as if they'd been visiting their own children - they felt so at home. This is exactly the kind of atmosphere we are striving to create for our guests.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Few guests use our own back garden tables. Sometimes the garden is too hot in summer, or too buggy, but in-between season - in spring & fall - it is very pleasant to just sit and watch the birds and herbs. Also, there are many quieter walks in the Harpers Ferry National Park that are "off the beaten path." We use them, and tell our guests about them, too.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    1. Tour Harpers Ferry National Park - every inch and every museum - there's lots to see on the grounds as well as in the restored building museums.
    2. Visit the Loudoun County wineries - there are new vineyards popping up every year, and in good weather, the most wonderful thing is to sit outside at one of these - Breaux Vineyards or Hillsborough Vineyards in particular - enjoying the landscape of the rolling Virginia hills and sipping wine.
    3. Antietam Battlefield - only 18 miles drive - a must for any visitor who has more than a day's time.
    4. Maryland or Loudoun Heights hike - the natural beauty of this area is its strongest feature, and the best way to see and experience it is hiking through the woods.
    5. Bicycling on the C&O Canal towpath is lovely in good weather - one of the best things to do.
    6. Visit other small historic neighboring towns, including Charles Town and Shepherdstown, WV; Frederick, MD; and Winchester and Leesburg, VA. Gettysburg is only one hour's drive; Manassas is the same. Harpers Ferry can serve as a home base for several battlefields.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    There are 2 restaurants within a block or so that serve dinner; the Appalachian Trail Center is 1/2 mile walking distance; the bottom of what we call the "Lower Town" (National Park) of Harpers Ferry is 1 mile; the Bolivar Heights battlefield is also 1 mile. There is a 7-11 located 2/3 mile from our house; Post Office and liquor store - 100 yards.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Our local stand-by (when we don't feel like cooking, which is rare) is La Mezzaluna Cafe in nearby Charles Town (6 miles drive). For special occasions we enjoy The Press Room in Shepherdstown (12 miles), or Market Table Bistro in Lovettesville, VA (16 miles).

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We try to keep our own Area Links page updated, and it provides a thorough spread of local resources/activities.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 3 1/2 - 3 rooms with queen-size beds and private baths - one of these has a side room with two twin beds for extra guests (sharing bathroom).

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets even though we have one large dog of our own. We recommend two other local B&Bs: Camp Hill B&B and Ledge House B&B.

  • Guest Comments

    The Jackson Rose Bed & Breakfast garden

    "An ideal setting, wonderful hospitality and a breakfast Martha Stewart would be proud of!"

    - D. & M., Maryland

    "Biscuits better than my Grandma's"

    - T.J., Long Island

    "A good night's sleep watched over by General Jackson, a lovely breakfast, and an absolutely delightful breakfast conversation with our fellow guests. John Brown could never have foreseen the happy meetings which would ensue here as a result of his own unfortunate visit."

    - B. & C., Atlanta, GA

    "A lovely stay - the perfect blend of B&B intimacy with the privacy I needed."

    - C.P., New York City

    "What better way to unwind after a challenging and rather hectic work day than to catch the evening breeze from the front porch swing while sipping a cool glass of wine! Thanks for the respite from the wear of business travel."

    - M.L., Washington, DC

  • Things to do in the area

    The Jackson Rose Bed & Breakfast walkway

    • Plan a driving tour of local country wineries
    • Visit the Civil War battlefield at nearby Antietam
    • Canoe down the Shenandoah or Potomac Rivers
    • Hike the Appalachian Trail or the beautiful C&O Canal towpath
    • Step back in time in Harper's Ferry's National Historic Park museums, chronicling Civil War times and John Brown's raid on the arsenal
    • Shop at local factory outlets or antique and flea markets
    • Try your luck on the horses at the Charles Town Racetrack