John Brown Farm State Historic Site, Lake Placid

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The John Brown Farm State Historic Site includes the home and final resting place of abolitionist John Brown (1800–1859). It is located on John Brown Road in the town of North Elba, 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Lake Placid, New York, where John Brown moved in 1849 to teach farming to African Americans. It has been called the highest farm in the state, "the highest arable spot of land in the State, if, indeed, soil so hard and sterile can be called arable."
According to a 1935 visitor, "the site which so captivated John Brown on his first visit and held his interest to the end of his life is one of the most impressive in the Adirondacks. The awe-inspiring mountains surrounding the spot look down on friendly valleys, lakes, hills, streams, homes, hamlets and villages. The panorama stresses the power, majesty and eternal verities embodied in the towering peaks; calls attention to the peace, grandeur and solitude of the region; and deepens the feeling of man's weakness, finiteness and transitory abode on mother earth.": 329 
A visiting reporter described the scenery as "absolutely the grandest in all the Adirondack region, being superior to that found at Mirror Lake and Lake Placid. ...A superb view."
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998. It has been managed by the state since 1896; the grounds are open to the public on a year-round basis, and tours of the house are offered in the warmer months.

The weather was described at the time as "six months winter and the other six months was mighty cold weather". A recent (2002) writer called it "one of the most inhospitable places in the eastern United States".
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  • We loved the visit to the John Brown farm. Very well maintained and very scenic! Its also very easy to get to. 
    We loved the visit to the John Brown farm. Very well maintained and very scenic! Its also very easy to get to.  more »
  • This looked like it would be a fairly comprehensive mini museum but it was not fully open. The outdoor exhibits are interesting anyway. 
    This looked like it would be a fairly comprehensive mini museum but it was not fully open. The outdoor exhibits are interesting anyway.  more »
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  • An amazing piece of history in a beautiful setting. The tribute to Black Lives Matter was stirring regardless of your politics. His soul goes marching on!
  • Very interesting history of John Brown and his role in the slavery issue. A lot of outside walking. You can visit his home and the barn. Very knowledgeable guide. Definitely worth seeing

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