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 (1800–1859). It is located on John Brown Road in the town of North Elba, near Lake Placid, New York, where John Brown moved in 1849 to teach farming to freed slaves. It has been called "the highest arable spot of land in the State, if, indeed, soil so hard and sterile can be called arable."

The site which so captivated John Brown on his first visit and held his interest to the end of his life is one of the most impressive in the Adirondacks. The awe-inspiring mountains surrounding the spot look down on friendly valleys, lakes, hills, streams, homes, hamlets and villages. The panorama stresses the power, majesty and eternal verities embodied in the towering peaks; calls attention to the peace, grandeur and solitude of the region; and deepens the feeling of man's weakness, finiteness and transitory abode on mother earth.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998. It has been managed by the state since 1896; the grounds are open to the public on a year-round basis, and tours of the house are offered in the warmer months.

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  • Learn about John Brown and his family and the time they spent on this farm in New York. Also learn more about the abolitionist movement and the attempt to settle Free Blacks in this part of New...  more »
  • Nice preservation of John Brown's home. Such an integral figure in the fight against slavery and racism. Sadly, we still need to fight racism in this country as evidenced by the mock tombstones of.....  more »
  • Wow. This was an excellent revisiting of American History. More stories like this need to be told as part of American History.
  • Wow never knew this area of the state so involved in underground railroad and attempted an African settlement- Sits right behind the ski jumps. Beautiful site, nice old house and museum, free and 7yr oland 10yr old loved it get to be out moving around

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