The owner of the western Maryland farmhouse from which radical abolitionist John Brown launched his ill-fated raid on a federal arsenal in 1859 is being honored his restoration work.
South Lynn, owner of a hardwood flooring business in Washington, received the John Frye Historical Preservation Award Tuesday from the Washington County Commissioners.
Lynn bought the Kennedy Farmhouse near Dargan in the early 1970s and spent more than $100,000 in personal, state and federal funds restoring it.
The log structure was the staging area last October for a 150th anniversary commemoration of Brown's march with 18 followers to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Brown was captured and hanged for treason. The raid ignited passions that led to the start of the Civil War 18 months later.
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