Home on site of abolitionist's hanging for sale

VICKI SMITH - Associated Press
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FILE - John Brown, leader of the historic raid on the federal arsenal and armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, is seen in this 1857 picture.   An important piece of Civil War history is going on the auction block, the 19th century mansion that sits on the  land where abolitionist John Brown was hanged more than 150 years ago.  Although the house was built 30 years after Brown's execution, the site is well known. It even hosts re-enactments of the hanging. The actual execution site is outside, is marked by a white obelisk with a plaque.   (AP Photo)
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FILE - John Brown, leader of the historic raid on the federal arsenal and armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, is seen in this 1857 picture. An important piece of Civil War history is going on the auction block, the 19th century mansion that sits on the land where abolitionist John Brown was hanged more than 150 years ago. Although the house was built 30 years after Brown's execution, the site is well known. It even hosts re-enactments of the hanging. The actual execution site is outside, is marked by a white obelisk with a plaque. (AP Photo)

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (AP) — A mansion at the site where abolitionist John Brown was hanged more than 150 years is going on the auction block.

Brown staged a raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in 1859 and led an unsuccessful rebellion. He was convicted of treason and murder and executed.

Many scholars believe Brown and his raid became flash points that hastened the outbreak of the Civil War two years. To the North, he was a heroic anti-slavery martyr. To the South, a lunatic killer.

The 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter), five-bedroom Queen Anne Victorian mansion was built 30 years after Brown was hanged.

The property has a marker in the yard where Brown was hanged and hosts re-enactments of the execution.

Real estate agent Gary Gemstone of Historic Homes Marketing Group says bidding will begin at $950,000 on Sept. 11.