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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  • Nice walking trails and easy to navigate with older people and/ or children. There are signs/ tours for the main buildings.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Spent some time there with my wife and 4 yr old on a horse drawn sleigh ride. We went around the property ending at John Browns farm and gravesite. There is such rich history in our country... Most you never see. It's something cool to do if you are a history buff and I'm the area.
  • Absolutely beautiful but trails at not marked so it’s easy to get lost
  • Visited Harper's Ferry a few times in the past, which didn't do justice to John Brown's convictions and purpose, or explaining the abolitionist cause. This park fills that gap pretty nicely, and also offers very interesting exhibits on the Underground Railroad and the African American experience in the ADK region. So glad this place exists. Our elementary school aged kids enjoyed it too.
  • Fun family visit. We liked the scenic hike around the property even more than the farmhouse and gravesites. My wife said the porta-potty was the cleanest she'd ever experienced.
  • 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
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