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John Brown Farm State Historic Site

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Address: 2 John Brown Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone Number: 518-523-3900
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site contains...
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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Historic and Scenic

This is both a tranquil and scenic place to walk and a historic site. The John Brown family house has interesting artifacts of the Browns' time period. Staff were available to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is both a tranquil and scenic place to walk and a historic site. The John Brown family house has interesting artifacts of the Browns' time period. Staff were available to answer questions about the house, land and Brown. The barn had an interesting short video about the slavery era.

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NY
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

John Brown's Farm is a beautiful place where you can appreciate history and nature. Perfect for couples, families, and pets! Dog lovers bring their pups to run around in the fields. Pack a picnic and enjoy the outdoors with your family. Talk a walk through the trails and go on your own adventure! Don't forget your camera for some iconic... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The trails are super nice and you can geocache there as well. People walk dogs there, so watch where you step.

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New London, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

John Brown and his family are well-known in history for their struggles against slavery. The family home is a farm outside Lake Placid which has been kept in its original condition by the state. The docent is very knowledgeable about the life and times of the family and the way the house and barn were used, The barn has audio... More 

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Baldwinsville, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

this high peaks area is so incredibly gorgeous…and then to be able to learn that courageous Blacks and John Brown himself was involved…very enjoyable for the kids and a great learning experience for adults…plus so gorgeous!

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Gananoque, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

It's hard to imagine a family in that time trying to pull a living out of that land. For a farmer it must have been a hard go, but for a visitor the setting is impressive. The ring of mountains is appropriate for a man who , for his relatively short time on the national stage, had such a profound... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I have been to Lake Placid many times, but finally made a stop at the John Brown Farm on our last visit. My friend who is a local had been telling me that she likes it there and it is beautiful - she wasn't lying. The grounds here are very nicely maintained. Signs depict the history of the land and... More 

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Beccles, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This may not be "exciting" history but it does tell the story of a very significant figure in American history and sets the story in its context. The lady we spoke to on our visit was well-informed, interesting and engaged with the character of John brown and the society in which he lived. The site is very well maintained, the... More 

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

There is a docent on site to describe what you are seeing in the farmhouse and give some history. There is a fee ($2.00 I think). The graves are interesting and the farm is nice.

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Brockport, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Not all that much there to see, but worth the short drive out of Lake Placid if you are a history buff.

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