Home on site of abolitionist's hanging for sale

A mansion at the site where abolitionist John Brown was hanged more than 150 years is going on the auction block.

Brown staged a raid on a federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in 1859 and led an unsuccessful rebellion. He was convicted of treason and murder and executed.

Many scholars believe Brown and his raid became flash points that hastened the war. To the North, he was a heroic martyr for equality. To the South, a lunatic killer.

The 7,000-square-foot, five-bedroom Queen Anne Victorian mansion was built 30 years after Brown was hanged.

The property has a marker in the yard where Brown was hanged and hosts re-enactments of the execution.

Real estate agent Gary Gemstone of Historic Homes Marketing Group says bidding will begin at $950,000 on Sept. 11.