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John Brown Farm State Historic Site

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Address
115 John Brown Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Latitude 44.254173
Longitude -73.972023

High in New York State's Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Many Americans know the song "John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave," but most do not associate the words with this simple farm at North Elba, New York.

On the night of October 16, 1859, Brown and his followers assaulted the U.S. Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, planning to use the captured arms in an extensive campaign for the liberation of the slaves in the South. Brown was captured on October 18, 1859, imprisoned at Charlestown, Virginia, tried by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and hanged on December 2, 1859. His body was returned to North Elba and was buried in front of his home on December 8, 1859. The remains of several of Brown's followers, who fought and died at Harper's Ferry, were moved to this small graveyard in 1899.

Brown's final prophesy--"I, John Brown, am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done,"--was soon to be realized in the Civil War.

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Hours of Operation

  • Hiking/Nature/Cross Country Ski Trail: Grounds open year round during daylight hours.
  • May thru Oct. Open 10 AM to 5PM Weekdays and Saturday and Sunday
    Closed on Tuesday
    Grounds open all year
    Also open Independence Day.
  • Tours/Special Events/Programs: 5/2 - 10/31 - Weekdays and Sat/Sun: 10 am - 5 pm.  Closed Tuesdays. Contact Historic Site Office for information.

Fees & Rates

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  • Admission
  • Admission to the historic house is free.

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Fri 07 Feb
Full Moon Snow Shoe Walk
Friday, February 7, 2020 07:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site

We will begin at the north field parking lot. Snow shoes are cross country skis are recommended also head lights There will be a fire in the warming hut and hot cocoa provided. The rain date for this event is Sunday February 9th

Wed 12 Feb
Movies in the Barn- “ Sounder”
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 07:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site

We will be featuring the movie " Sounder" about a sharecropper family living in Louisiana in the 1920s. There will be refreshments and a round table discussion following the film

Wed 19 Feb
New Moon Stargazing Party
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 07:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site

There will be a telescope set up in the north field with a star guide warming hut and refreshments. The Rain date for this program is Friday February 21st

Wed 11 Mar
Full Moon Snow Shoe Walk
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 07:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site

We will begin at the north field parking lot. Snow shoes are cross country skis are recommended also head lights There will be a fire in the warming hut and hot cocoa provided. The rain date for this program is Thursday March 12th

Wed 18 Mar
Movies in the Barn- “The Red Badge of Courage
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 07:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site

We will be showing the Civil War classic "The Red Badge of Courage" based on the Book by Stephan Crane. There will be refreshments and round-table discussion following the film

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Scenic Views
  • Self Guided Tours
    • Activities
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Hiking
    • Historic House
    • Picnic Area
    • Re-enactments
    • X-Country Skiing
  • Documents