John Brown Farm Historic Site

High in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Many Americans know the song “John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave,” but most do not associate the words with this simple farm at North Elba, New York.

On the night of October 16, 1859, Brown and his followers assaulted the U.S. Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, planning to use the captured arms in an extensive campaign for the liberation of the slaves in the South. Brown was captured on October 18, 1859, imprisoned at Charlestown, Virginia, tried by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and hanged on December 2, 1859. His body was returned to North Elba and was buried in front of his home on December 8, 1859. The remains of several of Brown’s followers, who fought and died at Harper’s Ferry, were moved to this small graveyard in 1899.

Brown’s final prophesy–“I, John Brown, am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done,”–was soon to be realized in the Civil War.

In 2009 the site commemorated the 150th anniversary of John Brown Coming Home. Season and Hours Open
Hiking/Nature/Cross-Country Ski Trail: Grounds Open All Year Round, Tours/Special Events/Programs: 5/1-10/31, Wed-Sun10am-5pm. Call the site for more information.
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Site amenities include: Group Tours, Hiking, Historic House, Interpretive Signs, Picnic Area, Re-enactments, Scenic Views, Self Guided Tours

Additional Notes And Comments
Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

$2.00 Adults
$1.00 NYS Senior Citizens and children
Children under 12 free.

Tours Are Offered
Site is Child-friendly

Latitude: 44.250014 Longitude: -73.971776 Elevation: 1868 ft
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John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 523-3900
115 John Brown Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 US

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