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|About||Guardians of Grover Barn carries on the legacy of the Underground Railroad Association of Douglas County to preserve and recognize the important history of Grover Barn and its John Brown connection.|
Built in 1858 by Joel and Emily Grover, the barn at 2819 Stonebarn Terrace in Lawrence, Kansas, played an important role in the Underground Railroad in Kansas. The Grovers were abolitionist settlers in Kansas Territory.
Following his December 1858 raid into Vernon County, Missouri, John Brown stopped at the barn with eleven formerly enslaved men, women, and children and a new free-born baby while escorting them to freedom in Canada. This was Brown’s last trip through Lawrence, Kansas.
The Grover barn is currently owned by the City of Lawrence. It was modified in the 1980s to serve as a fire station. The station was deactivated in 2006 and the building is now used for storage. It is not open to the public.