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John Brown Farm State Historic Site, Lake Placid

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The John Brown Farm State Historic Site includes the home and final resting place of abolitionist John Brown. It is located on John Brown Road in North Elba near Lake Placid, New York, where John Brown moved in 1849 to lead freed slaves in farming. In 1855, he moved to Kansas to support his sons' efforts to keep Kansas as a free-state under the popular sovereignty laws, leaving his wife and several of his children behind. Brown returned to visit his family at Lake Placid several times. In 1859, Brown attempted to start a liberation movement among enslaved African Americans by seizing the arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). For this, he was tried for treason against the state of Virginia and was hanged.The entire property purchased by John Brown and two sons in 1849 is preserved intact. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998.
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  • This site is absolutely fascinating. We stumbled on it during our trip and were thrilled we did. Be sure to spend time going through the interpretative exhibits in the barn, as well as the loft of the...  more »
  • A very short tour with some interesting information. Our tour guide spoke a mile a minute, rather disturbing and distracting at the same time. The grounds were interesting with the graves. There were ...  more »
  • We had gone to the Undergournd RR museum by Ausable Chasm and heard about John Brown, so when we passed a sign we were curious and went in. The ski jumps can be seen from the farm, so that in itself i...  more »
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  • Beautifully maintained property, excellent history exhibits, and lovely trails. The exhibit on black settlers in the Adirondacks was especially interesting. The timeline of John Brown's activities up to his trial and execution was also very informative. They even allowed this Kansan and long-time lover of John Brown to lay some sunflowers on his grave :D
  • I found my babys name here♡♡! Nice place to walk.
  • John Brown was an abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. He was tried for treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia, the murder of five men and inciting a slave insurrection for the raid on Harpers ferry, in 1859. He was found guilty on all counts and was hanged.
  • From my childhood, I still remember the iconic photo of an intense John Brown. Plus, his story is fascinating. The grounds and historical importance made it well worth the small donation they requested. Also, you can see the Lake Placid ski jump ramps from the farm, so that is a somewhat strange, anachronistic bonus.
  • Very informative site, great guide, beautiful grounds.

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