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Kennedy Farmhouse

2406 Chestnut Grove Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782, USA

In July 1859 abolitionist John Brown, a wanted man for his activities in the Kansas Territory, rented the home of recently deceased Dr. Kennedy under the alias "Isaac Smith" for $35 in gold. Brown, his two sons, and Lt. Jeremiah Anderson used the farm as a staging area to prepare for their intended October raid on the Harpers Ferry arsenal. As the summer progressed, members of the Provisional Army of the United States arrived one or two at a time until twenty-one of them were hidden in the attic loft. The old farmhouse where Brown and his followers spent three and a half months has been completely restored with the use of federal, state, and philanthropic funds.


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From Baltimore take I-70 West to US-340 West. Continue on US-340 West approximately 15 miles and turn left on Keep Tyrst Road. Turn right on Sandy Hook Road and continue on Harpers Ferry Road. Make a slight right onto Chestnut Grove Road to the Kennedy Farmhouse.

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Grounds: Daily, sunrise to sunset, Kennedy Farmhouse: by appointment only.



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