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The John Brown Memorial Park and Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

A little cabin built in 1854 that became a symbol of the fight against slavery is the place Miami County voters chose as the top tourist attraction in this area.

The Adair Cabin in Osawatomie is part of the John Brown Museum and State Historic Park, which is located on the site of the 1856 Battle of Osawatomie.

John Brown made the Adair Cabin his headquarters during his abolitionist crusade during the Bleeding Kansas era of American history, site administrator Grady Atwater said. It is sometimes known as the John Brown Cabin.

In addition, the Adair Cabin was a station on the Underground Railroad, a church, and a place of shelter for new arrivals to Kansas Territory, he said.

The cabin became home to John Brown’s half-sister, Florella Adair, and her minister husband, the Rev. Samuel Adair, in 1854.

John Brown and his five sons later added the loft and John Brown and his son-in-law, Henry Thompson, added the back room to the Adair Cabin. John Brown made the Adair Cabin his headquarters during his abolitionist crusade during the Bleeding Kansas era of American history.

On Aug. 30, 1910, President Theodore Roosevelt visited Osawatomie to dedicate a memorial at the John Brown Memorial Park. In 1912, the Adair cabin was dismantled and relocated to the memorial park.

In 1928, the state of Kansas appropriated $6,000 for a stone pergola to surround the cabin, protecting it from further deterioration. The state Legislature appointed the Kansas Historical Society to maintain the site, and it does so in partnership with the city of Osawatomie.

The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

“I deeply appreciate those people who voted for the Adair Cabin,” Atwater said. “We have tourists come here from all over the world to visit and learn about our nationally and internationally important history.

“It’s a vital part of our community and county culture,” he added.

John Brown Park is located at 10th and Main streets, phone (913) 755-4384.

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