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The U.S. Army Buildings which John Brown took possession of. Harpers Ferry, W. VA. Junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Meeting of the States of MD., W. VA., and VA.  Arsenal captured, October 16, 1859.
Known as the Kennedy Farm, John Brown rented the homestead using the name "Issac Smith", in the summer of 1859. Located across the Potomac River from Virginia, it was here Brown finalized his plans to raid the United States Armory at Harpers Ferry. The woman in the photograph is not identified.
Photograph of the fort's exterior. It was built in 1848 as a guard and fire engine house for the federal Harpers Ferry Armory in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, then a part of Virginia. Storer College was a historically black college. The fort was on the campus of Storer College from 1909 to 1968.