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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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  • Long before the Olympics, John Brown lived (briefly) in Lake Placid. Being a history buff, this is one of the most important places I have been. John Brown could see the future and tried to end the gr...  more »
  • The grounds of the site are very nice for walking around and viewing the grave site where John Brown and others are buried. For a small fee you get a brief guided tour of the house. The barn also has ...  more »
  • The site was exceptionally well organized with displays and a self-guided tour accessible via cell phone but the very knowledgeable guide raised it to mandatory first stop on a visit. She recomended s...  more »