UPDATE: Home's Past Includes John Brown's Body

Auction John Brown property

UPDATE 9/12/11: The Perkins House, which is on the site of abolitionist John Brown's execution, did not sell at auction on Sunday because bids did not reach the "reserve price," a minimum amount set by auctioneers to ensure that a home does not sell at too low a price. No new auction is scheduled.

PREVIOUSLY, 9/9/11: As the country marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, another flash point in American history is being remembered at a property auction in Charles Town, W.Va. The place is hallowed ground for some Civil War history buffs: It includes the spot where radical abolitionist John Brown was hanged in 1859.

The Perkins House that occupies the property was built decades later, in 1891, and retains the Queen Anne style typified by the turret at its front, along with other trappings of the era. The 7,000-square-foot home boasts five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms and four porches, along with a two-story barn (the home's original), a preserved outhouse and outdoor pool.


John Brown was executed for treason after he led the seizure in October 1859 of a federal armory at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., in an effort to incite a rebellion against slave owners. Considered a traitor by Southerners and a hero by Northerners, Brown met his fate weeks later, on Dec. 2 -- right where this residential throwback has stood for well over a century.


Previously offered at $2.25 million, the Perkins House goes up for auction on Sept. 11 with a suggested starting bid of $950,000.

Historic Homes Marketing Group is managing the auction.

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