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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.

Hours of Operation

  • Tours/Special Events/Programs: 5/1 - 10/31 - Weekdays and Sat/Sun: 10 am - 5 pm.  Closed Tuesdays. Tours will be given on the hour, the last tour is at 4 PM. Contact Historic Site Office for information.
  • May thru Oct. Open 10 AM to 5PM Weekdays and Saturday and Sunday
    Closed on Tuesday
    Grounds open all year
    Also open Independence Day.

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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Admission
  • Admission to the historic house is free.
    $75.00 fee for tour buses.

Maps

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Sat 24 Feb
Full Moon Hike
Saturday, February 24, 2024 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site

John Brown Farm State Historic Site is offering a guided, evening moonlit walk 7-9pm on February 24th (the Snow Moon). The terrain is not rugged, but may be slippery and snowy, so please dress appropriately! Hiking poles are suggested. We'll meet at the North Field parking area, near the entrance. For early arrivals, we'll open the visitor center in the barn by 6:30pm. Hike length is flexible and will be between under two miles. For more info, please call the office at 518-523-3900, and follow us on Facebook for updates/poor weather cancellations. The event is free, but registering via our FB event post is appreciated.
Sun 25 Feb
Reflections on African American History
Sunday, February 25, 2024 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
Please join American Historian and Adirondack resident Connor Williams to hear and discuss his reflections on African American History and its role in our society now. Connor's work is focused in both History and African American Studies. He researches, writes, and teaches on more than two hundred years of racial conflicts, politics, and identities. He holds an MA, and a forthcoming PhD in History and African American Studies from Yale University and is the Historian at Great Camp Sagamore.
Mon 08 Apr
John Brown Farm Eclipse Viewing
Monday, April 8, 2024 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site

Join us at John Brown Farm for a beautiful view of the Adirondack Mountains during the eclipse. In addition to the wide-open fields of the property for viewing the eclipse, we will also have tours of John Brown's House, activities in the lower barn, and an exhibit of Timbuctoo in the upper part of the barn. Eclipse glasses will be provided on a first come first served basis. No registration required. For questions please contact Brendan Mills at 518-523-3900 or Brendan.Mills@parks.ny.gov.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Re-enactments
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tours