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John Brown Farm State Historic Site, Lake Placid

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Historic Site
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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  • John Brown was a very complex man. On the one hand he was a murderer but on the other hand he died for a cause greater than himself, freedom for slaves. There is a lot to see at the farm including his...  more »
  • We didn't go inside the house which I think you can, but just walking though the gravesite and grounds was a fine experience. I learned a lot I didn't know about Brown and his family. I had been to Ha...  more »
  • While visiting Lake Placid, I am glad I swung to the edge of town to see this hidden gem of history. Think what you might if his tactics, he was a man of principles. I was struck how he got around Ohi...  more »