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“Historical gem hidden in plain sight”

John Brown Farm State Historic Site
Ranked #8 of 54 things to do in Lake Placid
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site contains the home and final resting place of the Underground Railroad conductor and insurrectionist, who moved here in an attempt to establish a community of freed slaves and abolitionists.
Reviewed 22 July 2013

If you like history or are a fan of the famed abolishonist, John Brown (yes, the guy who raided a federal weapons armory in Harpers Ferry) then why not stope here for an hour or so if you're near Lake Placid.
It's located right near the ski jumps. John Brown is buried here. After he was hanged in WV, his wife brought his body, along with the bodies of 2 of his sons who died in the raid, home to the homestead.
There is so e interpretive signage, a short video about the Underground Railroad, and the residence that still contains a few period pieces- those that they didn't take to California with them. There is a park ranger type guy who can answer questions for you. Oh, and it's $2.00 dollars per person to bok side the house. Considering you can't get a cupof coffee in Lake Placid for $2.00, it's not a steep donation.
There are a number of mostly flat traits around the 250 some acre farm. They're all kinda flat and range deform less that a mile to maybe 3 miles in length. You won't find another flat trails in the Adirondack region!
Anyway, it's a nice little diversion if you're up that way.

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

After my friends and their dog departed, my dog was a bit down upon loosing the companionship. I packed him up and we drove down to John Brown Farm. I had heard it was as close to a dog park as you can find in the area. In reality, it was so much more than that. They have a lovely 2 mile trail that goes around the edge of the property. There were several people out there with their dogs and my dog had a great time getting to know each of them. He also took a cooling dip in a pond. His spirits had definitely been lifted by this lovely site.

Thank SusannaRunner
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Time well spent--State of New York needs to step up to the plate and repair the site as it should be!

Thank Doug B
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Excellent guide who showed a real mastery of the Brown family and a love of sharing knowledge in an authentic way. We learned a lot !

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Reviewed 8 June 2013

Love history so when we found out John Brown of Harper's Ferry history(1859) had a farm here just outside of Lake Placid, we had to visit. There is no fee; just a donation but the docent was knowledgeable and it was interesting to tour the period farmhouse. Brown's wife basically lived here with her children--Brown was seldom home and after his execution, she moved to CA. His grave and that of several of his sons are on site as well. Worth the visit if you enjoy history.

Thank sutherngal1946
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