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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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Great place to relax.

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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
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28 helpful votes 28 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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6 reviews 6 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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21 attraction reviews
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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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14 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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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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Ottawa, Canada
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Very interesting historically speaking. The staff there was really knowledgeable and nice. If you like history, you have to visit this place.

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Toronto
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93 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If you are in this area with family this is a must Our children need to realize the facts of our treatment of others and how we smuggled them Learn facts

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