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John Brown Museum, Osawatomie

The John Brown Museum, also known as the John Brown State Historic Site and John Brown Cabin, is located in Osawatomie, Kansas. The site is operated by the Kansas Historical Society, and includes the log cabin of Reverend Samuel Adair and his wife, Florella, who was the half-sister of the abolitionist John Brown. Brown lived in the cabin during the twenty months he spent in Kansas and conducted many of his abolitionist activities from there. The museum's displays tell the story of John Brown, the Adairs and local abolitionists, and include the original cabin, Adair family furnishings and belongings, and Civil War artifacts.
When Kansas Territory was established in 1854, newspapers in the North encouraged settlement in the area to ensure that the new state would be free. The land also offered promise to families—the opportunity to cultivate fertile land, enjoy the peaceful countryside, and protect the territory from the spread of slavery.
Samuel and Florella Brown Adair held such a dream. Florella's father, Owen Brown, was also the father of the abolitionist John Brown. Owen, a strict Calvinist, was a trustee at Oberlin College. John Brown's mother, Ruth Mills Brown, died in 1808, and Owen married Sally Root around 1811. Their children included Florella.
Both Samuel and Florella were graduates of Oberlin, a progressive coeducational and biracial college in Ohio. Samuel finished his theology program and the two were married and moved westward, where Samuel sought a position in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory.
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  • John Brown was a stand out in history, It’s amazing the man from this little town Rose to be such a point in history. This is a great little museum to visit  more »
  • The Adair Cabin is filled with information about the pre-Civil War events, the interactions between the pro- and anti-slavery groups and the conditions on the frontier. The surrounding park is a pleas...  more »
  • It is a really nice little museum. Very informative about John Brown's story. Nice little park on the grounds for kids to play. Markers through out the park explaining the battle.
  • Beautiful park. The,building wasn't opened when we got there. We peeked in Windows and to our surprise there is a log house invaded inside.

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