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Charleston, West Virginia: John Brown's Noose: WV State Museum

At the West Virginia State Museum, see the noose that hanged John Brown, and an animatronic soldier describing his capture.

West Virginia State Museum

Address:
1900 Kanawha Blvd E., Charleston, WV
Directions:
I-64/77 exit 99. Turn southwest onto Greenbrier St. Drive to the first stoplight, then turn left into the capitol complex. The museum will be on the right after you make the left.
Hours:
Tu-Sa 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
304-558-0220
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Animatronic soldier.

West Virginia State Museum

Nice, free museum with some historical highlights, such as the handcuffs and collar used to restrain abolitionist John Brown before his hanging, a rope apocryphally considered his death noose, and the lock and key to his death cell. Also, some Disneyesque treatment of the matter with wall paintings talking to each other, and an animatronic soldier giving his first-person account of the siege at Harpers Ferry, where Brown was captured.

[Roger Crook, 04/09/2023]

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