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John Brown House

The John Brown House in Akron, Ohio, is associated with one of the most famous abolitionists in the United States, John Brown (1800 – 1859). Brown was involved in the Underground Railroad and ultimately sacrificed his life to end slavery. While his role as a conductor has been recognized at various locations throughout the United States, Brown called this Akron residence "home" for the better part of a decade between 1844 and 1854 and he spent the majority of his life living in Summit County, Ohio. It was in conjunction with his employment in the wool trade, here, that Brown traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts where he became more involved abolitionism and the Underground Railroad.

As a result of this experience, when Brown returned to Akron his Underground Railroad activities became more aggressive.

Since 1971, the home has been owned operated by The Summit County Historical Society (SCHS), whose responsibility is to tell the story of Brown’s life in Akron and his involvement in the Underground Railroad during residency at the house.


Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 514 Diagonal Road, Akron, Summit, 44320

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Summit County Historical Society

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: John Brown