Gibson-Todd House

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Gibson-Todd House
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Gibson-Todd House is located in West Virginia
Gibson-Todd House
Gibson-Todd House is located in the US
Gibson-Todd House
Location Charles Town, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°17′07.24″N 77°51′21.32″W / 39.2853444°N 77.8559222°W / 39.2853444; -77.8559222Coordinates: 39°17′07.24″N 77°51′21.32″W / 39.2853444°N 77.8559222°W / 39.2853444; -77.8559222
Architect Mullet, Thomas A.
Architectural style Late Victorian
NRHP Reference # 83003238
Added to NRHP September 1, 1983[1]

The Gibson-Todd House was the site of the hanging of John Brown, the abolitionist who led a raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia before the opening of the American Civil War. The property is located in Charles Town, West Virginia, and includes a large Victorian style house built in 1891.

The house was built by John Thomas Gibson, who led the first armed response to Harpers Ferry during Brown's raid as commander of the Virginia Militia in Jefferson County. Gibson went on to serve as an officer for the Confederacy. After the war he was mayor of Charles Town.

Among those present at Brown's hanging were Stonewall Jackson, John McCausland, J.E.B. Stuart and John Wilkes Booth. When the old Jefferson County jail was demolished, Gibson saved stones from the building and built a monument to the event on the property.

The house was designed by Thomas A. Mullett, son of Alfred B. Mullett. Mullett also designed the New Opera House and the new Charles Town jail.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Rodney S. Collins and Michael J. Pauley (June 8, 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Gibson-Todd House" (pdf). National Park Service.