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John Brown Tannery Site
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Location 500 feet south of the junction of Pennsylvania Route 77 and John Brown Road [17620 John Brown Rd.], Richmond Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1825
Built by Brown, John
NRHP reference No. 78002383
Added to NRHP December 14, 1978

John Brown Tannery Site, 17620 John Brown Rd., Guys Mills, PA 16327, is a historic archaeological site located at Richmond Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. The tannery was built in 1825 by famed abolitionist John Brown (1800–1859), who lived on the site from 1825 to 1835. It was a major stop on the Underground Railway; Brown helped some 2,500 slaves during this period. The site includes the ruins of the tannery, a one-story, rectangular structure measuring 55 feet by 22 feet. There was a hidden room for the fugitive slaves. A fire destroyed the building in 1907. It is open to the public as the John Brown Farm, Tannery & Museum.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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