The following information published 1841 in the local newspaper "Virginia Free Press" which was printed in Charleston. These newspaper is also available on microfilm at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Archives.

The Total Abstinence Society of Harpers Ferry held a meeting. A report submitted at the meeting claimed that the amount of liquor purchased and consumed in Harpers Fery over a recent one year period included:

  • 2,160 gallons of rum at an expense of $3,240
  • 28,182 gallons of whiskey at $42,273
  • 2,715 gallons of wine at $8,145
  • 615 gallons of J. Spirits at $1,845
  • 4,050 gallons of brandy at $12,150
  • 1,845 gallons of gin at $5,535
  • 10,000 gallons of beer
  • 561 gallons of cider

The 2,500 inhabitants of Harpers Ferry thus would have consumed 39,567 gallons of liquor at a total expense of $73,188, averaging to 16 gallons and $28.50 per individual. The reporting committee included W. Chambers, Hugh Gilleece, Benjamin Stipes, J.H. King, and N.J.B. Morgan


It seems the "Abstinence Society" had to do a lot of work.laughing


Source: Virginia Free Press, Nov. 4, 1841, p. 1