Near Dargan in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Staging and Planning John Brown's Harpers Ferry Raid
Annie and Martha Brown intercepted curious neighbors while the men hid in the attic. Brown encouraged his young followers, average age 25, to debate his plans for the attack. Once, Brown offered to resign as commander over objections to his scheme, but he received a vote of confidence in the farm kitchen. Brown and his "army"
After the raid failed, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert E. Lee sent Lt. J.E.B. Stuart and U.S. marines to the farm, where the full scope of Brown's plan was revealed. Maps, letters, spare weapons, and equipment found here further incriminated Brown's supporters.
"Men, get on your arms; we will proceed to the Ferry." - John Brown, October 6, 1859.
"If John Brown did not end the war that ended slavery, he did at least begin the war that ended slavery. If we look over the dates, places, and men, for which this honor is claimed, we shall find that not Carolina, but Virginia - not Fort Sumter, but Harpers Ferry and the arsenal - not Colonel Anderson, but John Brown, began the war that ended American slavery and made this a free Republic." - Frederick Douglass
Erected 2009 by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 39° 22.854′ N, 77° 42.808′ W. Marker is near Dargan, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Chestnut Grove Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown, 59, Hanged (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Invasion (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Kennedy Farm (about 600 feet away); The Moler Family (approx. 2.2 miles away in West Virginia); Battle of Maryland Heights (approx. 2˝ miles away); St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Stone Fort (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dargan.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a drawing of the Kennedy Farm from Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, November 26, 1859. In the upper center are portraits of John Brown and Annie Brown.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,731 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on December 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 27, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.