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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

  • 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: 5/1 - 10/31 - Weekdays and Sat/Sun: 10 am - 5 pm.  Closed Tuesdays. Contact Historic Site Office for information.

Fees & Rates

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • Admission
  • $2 Adults
    $1 Seniors/Students/ Groups
    Children 12 and under Free

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900

Come join us at John Brown Farm Historic Site in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. The event is part of the annual John Brown Day and inaugural Spirit of John Brown Freedom Awards.

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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