Charles Town in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Site of the Execution of John Brown
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
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. Marker is on private property. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 S Samuel St, Charles Town WV 25414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); George Upshur Manning (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Turner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Washington House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sergeant Littleton Tazewell Cordell (approx. ¼ mile away); Happy Retreat (approx. ¼ mile away); Zion Episcopal Churchyard (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles Town.
More about this marker. Marker is on private property. Be sure you do trespass onto the property.
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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,607 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on December 31, 2012. 4. submitted on May 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.