MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An important piece of Civil War history is going on the auction block — a 19th century mansion that sits on the Charles Town land where abolitionist John Brown was hanged more than 150 years ago.
Bidding on the Historic Perkins House will begin at $950,000 on Sept. 11, but the right offer could pre-empt the sale if it’s made by 5 p.m. that day.
Historic Homes Marketing Group and Long & Foster Real Estate are promoting the event to find the right buyer for the 7,000-square-foot, five-bedroom Queen Anne Victorian, built in 1891.
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, marked by a white obelisk with a plaque.