258 N. Main St. | Brown-Strong House​

258 N. Main St. | Brown-Strong House​

In 1834, Owen Brown (1771-1856) had this house built for his son, Oliver (1804-1857). Like his brother John, Oliver was strongly anti-slavery. Several accounts detail that Oliver once set fire to a pulpit from a church in Geauga County because the pastor would not allow him to use the building for his anti-slavery meetings. ​

The Browns later sold the house to Ephraim Strong (1771-1860), another prominent abolitionist in Hudson. Fellow abolitionist Lora Case notes Strong was "a thorough convert[s] to the idea of the Abolition of Slavery" and cast one of the "first three Abolition votes in Hudson."


"In the afternoon, however, they got into the church, and that made Oliver so mad he vowed he would burn the pulpit 'with fire and brim-stone.' The next day, toward sunset, I came along there, and sure enough he had loosened the pulpit from the floor and dragged it out in the yard, and was just about to set fire to it. Several of the neighbors had gathered there, but none of them were willing to have a difficulty with Oliver, and he set it on fire."

Interview with Charles S.S. Griffing, appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, June 18, 1879, retrieved from: https://hebronhistoricalsociety.org/images/griffing/interview_with_charles_griffing_on_john_brown.pdf