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“From the South to the North”

John Brown Farm State Historic Site
Ranked #6 of 50 things to do in Lake Placid
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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.
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“From the South to the North”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

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.

Visited June 2014
4 Thank xygb7dklt
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New England
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76 reviews
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“Interesting place in history”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

And the tour of his home was just $2 a person and had a lot of interesting artifacts and information.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank YankeeGalCT
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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16 reviews
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“Snowshoe Paradise!”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

We snowshoed on the trails through the lovely woods to the elevator for the Olympic Ski Jump. We enjoyed the view from the Ski Jump. We were fascinated reading the display boards about John Brown and the History of the area.

Visited March 2014
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Phoenix, Maryland
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“very nice”
Reviewed 16 January 2014

After reading so much about John Brown it was very exciting for me to visit his farm, reputed to have been his favorite place. It's a beautiful spot with a magnificent view of the Adirondack Mountains.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank Beatrice D
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Rochester, New York
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“Wonderful and quiet piece of American history”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

I had been by this historic site hundreds of time without stopping in, so I'm glad that I did this week. John Brown's Farm is small and quiet, but perfectly displayed to provide as much information and backgroung as possible. The burial site (rock) is surrounded with signboards that describe the era in which John Brown conducted his anti-slavery campaign, including his atempts to take over the armory at Harper's Ferry and free the Southern slaves.

I didn't go inside the farmhouse itself, but I did look inside and get some great views of the period furniture and other living arrangements of the day. This was well worth the time spent on visiting. I would HIGHLY recommend bringing your children here for the full visit, to provide them with some insights as to how our country freed its slaves and evolved into a modern society.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Larry W
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