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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

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  • Admission
  • Admission to the historic house is free.


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Tue 17 Jul
African Drumming & Dance Workshops with percussionist Jo Sallins.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 until Thursday, July 19, 2018
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Three sessions daily: 10-11am for ages 5-10, noon-1:30pm for ages 11-17, evenings 6-8pm for adults. Come once or everyday. $10 per workshop or $25 for all three. Registration required. Click here to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Jul
For Kids and Families– Stories
Saturday, July 21, 2018 09:00 AM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Calvin Ramsey reads "Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend," about one of the mules that drew the wagon carrying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his final resting place.

Sat 28 Jul
For Kids and Families– Stories
Saturday, July 28, 2018 09:00 AM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Keela Grimmette reads "Neema's Reason to Smile," a story inspired by real-life students at Jambo Jipya School in Kenya where Keela worked while in college. Arts activity to follow.

Sun 05 Aug
Sunday Films at the Farm!
Sunday, August 5, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

"I Am Not Your Negro", Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated film exploring James Balwin's observations on race in America that connects past to the ever-urgent present

Sun 12 Aug
For Kids and Families– Stories
Sunday, August 12, 2018 09:00 AM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Blueberry season reading of Robert McCloskey's classic, "Blueberries for Sal". Followed by guided blueberry picking on the Brown homestead and topped off with fresh fruit over vanilla ice cream!

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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