John Brown's Farm – Lake Placid, New York - Atlas Obscura
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Lake Placid, New York

John Brown's Farm

It wouldn't be long after purchasing this farm, Brown would lead his siege on Harper's Ferry. 

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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 

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John Brown's Farm is open from May through October, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed on Tuesdays; and open on Sunday 1-5 p.m.


John Brown's Farm does not provide trail maps, so plan to print out some maps from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation's website to bring with you. The entrance fee is just $2 per adult and $1 for each senior or student. For children 12 years and younger, there is no fee. 

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