Renowned abolitionists John Brown moved to upstate New York around 1848. Brown purchased the land from Gerrit Smith who was helping freed slaves in becoming self-sufficient farmers. Brown wanted to help and established his own farm. However, he would spend little time at the actual farm. Not long after arriving, Brown went to Kansas to assist in the fight for Kansas to remain a free state. He would sporadically return back to his New York farm to visit his family. A little less than 10 years later, Brown led an attack on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry. After his trial and execution in Virginia, his body was taken back to New York by his wife to be buried in front of his home.
There are numerous hiking trails around the farm. During the winter months, the trails can be used for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The trails are also very flat and encompass the perimeter of the 244-acre farm. You can also take a tour of his house and neighboring barn to learn more about the life of the famous abolitionists