John Brown Farm State Historic Site, Lake Placid, New York
115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid, New York 12946| Map |
Located in North Elba, New York high in the Adirondack Mountains, the John Brown Farm State Historic Site stands tribute to the home and final resting place of abolitionist John Brown. On a visit to this well-preserved historic site in the Lake Placid area, families will learn the story of John Brown, who led freed slaves in farming in 1849. In 1855, he left his wife and several children behind and moved to Kansas to support his sons' efforts to keep Kansas as a free state under the popular sovereignty laws. He returned several times to visit his family. In 1859, in an attempt to start a liberation movement among enslaved African Americans, Brown and his followers seized arsenal at Harpers Ferry in West Virginia. For this, he was imprisoned at Charleston, Virginia, tried by the state and was hanged on Dec. 2, 1859. Brown's body was returned to North Elba and buried in front of his home on Dec. 8. The remains of several of Brown's followers, who fought and died at Harper's Ferry, were moved from their original graves and moved to this cemetery in North Elba in 1899. 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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- Little kids (3-5)
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- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
The John Brown Farm State Historic Site near Lake Placid, New York offers an informational video and guided property tours to educate visitors about how the United States freed its slaves. There are also walking trails that visitors are welcome to explore. If time allows, visit the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in fall to enjoy the colorful foliage.
Address: 115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid, New York 12946| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Price: Adults (18+): $2; Children (13-17): $1; Children under 13: Free