On October 16th 1859, a raid on a U S Armory was led by John Brown in an attempt to end slavery. I was in this tri-state area, where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia all meet recently and visited the site of this uprising. This was a rare opportunity for me and I could hardly believe what I found. A town that I pretty much had all to myself. It was almost Twighlight Zone-like, as there was hardly anyone around besides a security patrol car and a few maintenance staffers. It's one of the many reasons I get up so early, and this time it really paid off. :-)
Needless to say, I captured many photographs and will share some of them with you in a short series of posts.
We'll start with the actual building where John Brown was captured. It was originally built in 1848 as a fire engine house and has been vadalized, dismantled and move four times. The building was dismantled and spent a brief period in Chicago (1891 to 1895). It now rests within 150 feet of it's original location, having been placed there by the National Park Service in 1968.