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“Known as the John Brown hanging site, [this] house was constructed in 1891 for John Thomas Gibson who led the first troops to arrive at the scene of John Brown’s raid on nearby Harpers Ferry.

Gibson also served in various political positions such as mayor of Charles Town and member of the Jefferson County Commission.

Built of red brick, the house is enhanced by a multi-gabled, slate-tiled roof and a massive three-story round Norman tower.” When the old Jefferson County Jail, where Brown had been held, was demolished Gibson obtained stones from the building and used them to create a monument to the event on the site. (Historic West Virginia: The National Register of Historic Places)

The Gibson-Todd House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It’s also been featured in garden tours and haunted history walks based in the county.

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Photo by John Hanneken.

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