Last updated: 8/25/2012
Guys Mills, Pennsylvania
17620 John Brown Road
Guys Mills, PA 16327
phone: 814-720-2873
April 15 through Oct 31
Sunday, Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 6 PM
Free. Donations Accepted.
Group Tours
Donna Coburn, Owner
phone: 814-720-2873

The museum is dedicated to John Brown on the farm he once owned. The farm site, including the museum, is owned and maintained by Gary and Donna Coburn. The museum is open daily, except Mondays, without charge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 15 through Oct 31. A short path from the tannery site to the museum passes by twin ponds believed to have supplied the Brown homestead with water. From the museum, visitors may continue on the path to cemetery that has the gravesites of Brown's first wife and two-lived children. To arrange tour and other visitation times, contact Donna Coburn, 17620 John Brown Road, Buys Mills, PA 16327 or on her cell at 814-720-2873.

The museum has information, artifacts and exhibits that include relics from the farm such as period tools, antebellum memorabilia, photographic collections and books on Brown for purchase and on-site research use.


Brown and his young family moved from Ohio to Crawford County in 1826. They cleared the farm, put up a homestead, now gone, that was close to where the museum is and resided at that spot until returning to Ohio in 1835. At times, Brown employed up to a dozen men at the tannery. He was leader in his frontier community, organizing a post office, a school and a church. He grieved over his first wife's child-birth-related death and was remarried to Crawford County girl, Mary Ann Day.


Visitors to the tannery site and museum are welcome. At this place -- amid the old stonework of the tannery walls, the peaceful ponds and woods framing the farm, the tombstones that recall family bonds and sorrows -- ponder the legacy of John Brown, a pioneer American settler and a symbol of the struggle over slavery that exploded into the Civil War.

To arrange tour and other visitation times

To arrange tour and other visitation times, contact Donna Coburn, 17620 John Brown Road, Buys Mills, PA 16327 or on her cell at 814-720-2873.

Group Tours

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