Charles Town in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Site of the Execution of John Brown
Location. 39° 17.143′ N, 77° 51.368′ W. Marker is in Charles Town, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from South Samuel Street just south of Hunter Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on private property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 S Samuel St, Charles Town WV 25414, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Brown Scaffold (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown Hanging Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Happy Retreat (approx. ¼ mile away); Zion Episcopal Churchyard (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles Town Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edge Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charles Town (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jefferson County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles Town.
More about this marker. Marker is on private property. Be sure you do trespass
Also see . . . The Hanging. American Experience website. “Admittance to John Brown’s execution was severely restricted. Virginia governor Henry A. Wise, fearing a last minute attempt to free Brown, had ordered 1,500 soldiers to Charlestown. Suspicious characters and loiterers were to be arrested. The hanging site would be free of all civilians. No person was allowed within hearing distance of the gallows; if Brown presented memorable last words, they would go unheard.” (Submitted on December 31, 2012.)
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