Drove in past the Lake Placid horse show grounds and ski jump area then around the circular drive to see radical abolitionist John Brown’s small house and the huge rock out front marking his final resting place and that of some of his followers. It is now a state historic site. In 1859 Brown and 21 men raided the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, for which he was convicted of treason and hanged (his body was subsequently moved back here to North Elba, NY). In the middle of the central approach is a statue of Brown with a small boy. Off in the distance you can see the tops of the ski jumps and the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. The area is very quiet and peaceful. Great place for a hike or a picnic. But our early June visit was short because the black flies were out in hordes. They just loved our DEET insect repellant. We ran for cover into the car. The grounds are open and free all year and the house is open in summer ($2 adult entry fee/$1 for seniors and children) but closed on Tuesdays.
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