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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  • We thought this would be better if the Old Farmhouse and Barn were open. It's was an interesting piece of Civil War History anyway. John Brown was a Abolitionist who got hung for his efforts!  more »
  • This is the burial site of John Brown's body as well as the farm where he and his family lived during the time before and after the Civil War.  more »
  • A wonderful place to visit. Very historic, well worth going to see. Loved touring the historic site. There is a lot about American and Canadian history about the underground railway.  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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