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John Brown Farm State Historic Site

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Address: 2 John Brown Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946-3245
Phone Number: 518-523-3900
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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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It's worth a second visit

We visited the farm in May with friends and returned in September with different friends. The setting, nestled in the mountains near Lake Placid is beautiful. The site contains a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the farm in May with friends and returned in September with different friends. The setting, nestled in the mountains near Lake Placid is beautiful. The site contains a wealth of information about Brown, abolitionist efforts to promote black communities in the Adirondack state, a and the Underground Railroad. There is an audio tour of the site available via... More 

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The setting is beautiful. It is moving to read about John Brown and be at his gravesite. And the nearby Olympic jumping towers are a sight to behold.

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Thank retiredandlovingit07
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Setting of home land & graveside worth the time to experience an amazing man of history. Beautifully preserved & managed with experienced docent while touring the home.

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Thank Marcy M
Oronoco, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an interesting visit to the museum. A very knowledgeable woman told us about the furnishings in the house, specifying what was original and how the place was altered by owners over the years. The movie in the lower level of the barn was an excellent way for me to get a glimpse of the life of a slave... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The grounds are within sight of the Olympic Ski Jump. Lots of land and walking paths surround the grave and restored house. At two dollars to view the house for an adult this is a steal. The walking trails are free.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The John Brown Farm was owned by John and he is buried there but he did not live there very much. The farm is worth the trip because if does a good job at reflecting how life was during the mid nineteen century and gives you a special perspective on the issues that motivated people during the Civil War period.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wasn't sure that we'd like this, but the movie (in the Barn) made it very much worthwhile. This is an important historical site.

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The grounds are well maintained. There are many gardens and a small pond behind the house. There is a nice vista behind the barn overlooking the property with mountains in the background. You could bring a nice picnic here and a great place for the family.

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Thank JeremieD64
Whippany, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

John Brown was such a passionate and complex individual. This spot introduces you a bit to his life and legacy. There are trails and exhibits, but we just walked a bit and did the cell phone tour.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Certainly a wonderful historical resource, but honestly we went because it is BEAUTIFUL! Lots of trails to stroll....lots of kids and dogs and families on Sunday morning, just a quiet gem in the shadow of the Olympic ski jump.

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