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John Brown Farm State Historic Site

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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

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

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  • Admission
  • Admission to the historic house is free.


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Sun 19 Aug
Sunday Films at the Farm!
Sunday, August 19, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

"Climate Refugees," award-winning documentary film investigating mass migration caused by climate change. Followed by a conversation with Lake Placid resident Alexandra Harden, Master of Arts in Climate and Society from Colombia University.

Sun 26 Aug
Sunday Films at the Farm!
Sunday, August 26, 2018 08:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Nighttime outdoor screening of "Coco", Pixar's vibrant, award-winning celebration of Mexican culture, family and the power of dreams and love. Bring blankets and bedtime snacks for 8pm screeningunder open skies.

Sun 09 Sep
Sunday Films at the Farm!
Sunday, September 9, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

"Asylum Seekers on the Northern Border: Gathering and Telling Their Stories," featuring oral history workshop, 12-3pm with Gerry Zahavi, and video discussion with Janet McFetridge, founder of Plattsburgh Cares, at 4pm.

Sat 15 Sep
Blues at Timbuctoo Concert & Conversation
Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Blues at Timbuctoo Concert & Conversation, featuring Jerry Dugger Blues Band, Piedmont Bluz and Shannon LaBrie plus emcee Ellen Rocco, and special 50th anniversary salute to NCPR —complete with birthday Cake. 10-6pm. This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts."

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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