John Brown (1800-1859) came with his family at age 5 from Torrington, Connecticut, and spent most of his childhood in Hudson, Ohio. He established a tannery business in Hudson, a trade he learned from his father Owen Brown. Around 1819, John Brown built a log cabin on the grounds of his tannery and by 1825, replaced the cabin with this home for his growing family. The home is individually listed on the National Register for Historic Places for its association to Brown. John Brown's oldest child, John Brown, Jr., recalls his parents aiding freedom seekers on the property. In 1826, John sold the property to his brother Oliver and moved to Pennsylvania.