Raid on Harpers Ferry

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.

John Brown Stronghold
John Brown Stronghold
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM