US 340 at Bloomery Rd., 2 miles west of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
years of operation: 1950-83
currently: Harpers Ferry Flea Market
Founded by Elwood F. Lane (former
manager of Harpers Ferry's indoor theatre) and John Stutzman (a
faculty member at Charles Town High School). Built to resemble a
frontier fort, its capacity was originally only 132 cars, a good
deal smaller than in later years.
"You are correct. That is the old Fort Drive-in sign. When we moved to the area in 1981 the drive-in was still in operation. We went to the movies there several times. We really hated to see it close. It was closed sometime in 1983. We opened the Flea Market in 1983. A man named Rankin operated the Fort Drive-in and also the Sunset Drive-in in Martinsburg. The marquee for the one in Martinsburg was still standing the last time I looked. It is located on Route 45 that goes from Shepherdstown to Martinsburg." -- Dan Barnett, co-owner, Harpers Ferry Flea Market
Click here to see the 1984 USGS map depicting the Fort and surrounding area.
Formerly the Fort Drive-In marquee.
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