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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Brown

 
 
John Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
1. John Brown Marker
Inscription. The Washington House Hotel was a major stop on the National Pike and served as a hospital at times throughout the Civil War. Prior to organizing his raid on the Federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, John Brown registered under the assumed name of "I. Smith" at the Washington House on June 30, 1859. With him were his sons Owen and Oliver, and Jeremiah G. Anderson, all of whom were principal leaders of the raid. Anderson and Oliver Brown died in the raid.

The Washington House Hotel burned in 1879.
 
Erected 2009 by Maryland Heritage Area.
 
Location. 39° 38.567′ N, 77° 43.285′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on West Washington Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the University Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ransom of Hagerstown (within shouting distance of this marker); A City Divided (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); For God and Country (about 300 feet
John Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
2. John Brown Marker
away); a different marker also named Ransom of Hagerstown (about 400 feet away); Crossroads of History (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named A City Divided (about 400 feet away); Bench Mark "A" (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of John Brown, Owen Brown, Oliver Brown, and Jeremiah Anderson. In the center-right is a copy of the Register from the Washington House Hotel, Thursday June 30, 1859. The main illustration is a photo of the hotel.
 
Also see . . .  John Brown's Raid. (Submitted on July 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
University Plaza Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
3. University Plaza Plaque
Located on the gate entrance to the plaza.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 876 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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