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” situations.

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.