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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: +1 518-523-3900

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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Best Sight in the Area

For $3.00, this was the best place to visit and worth 10 times the price. It really gives you an outlook at what it was like for the times, how people lived, survived, existed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For $3.00, this was the best place to visit and worth 10 times the price. It really gives you an outlook at what it was like for the times, how people lived, survived, existed. We love these type of historical sites and learned so much, it makes you want to read more about John Brown and his family. A simple... More 

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Chesterfield, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Long before the Olympics, John Brown lived (briefly) in Lake Placid. Being a history buff, this is one of the most important places I have been. John Brown could see the future and tried to end the great sin of slavery, and his grave is on this site to show the price he paid for his work. Unfortunately, the United... More 

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Niskayuna, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The grounds of the site are very nice for walking around and viewing the grave site where John Brown and others are buried. For a small fee you get a brief guided tour of the house. The barn also has exhibits and is free to tour.

Thank Stevnshe
Tenafly, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The site was exceptionally well organized with displays and a self-guided tour accessible via cell phone but the very knowledgeable guide raised it to mandatory first stop on a visit. She recomended specific trails that had the best colors today. This was one of the most thought-provoking historic tours i've been on. Not only did it examine violence as a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

If you are in the area you must stop by to see this site. The staff is very friendly and educated. You can see the home, grave site, and beautiful views of the trees and mountains. I would have liked to learn more on the front end of the visit. Perhaps more reading about John Brown at the beginning. I... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

You can do it all in less than an hour. You can walk around the grounds & grave site for free. You pay a nominal $2 to go inside the house.

Thank Teacher323
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We look for history in our travels. We really enjoyed our visit to John Brown Farm grounds. We also paid the $2 to see the inside of the house. Our guide was funny and very knowledgable. It's worth the small donation.

1 Thank travelinggal49
Liverpool, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This was not our first visit here, but it was definitely the best. Perfect weather aside, the serenity of the site tends to obscure it's importance in America's history. Some may consider John Brown to have been an "American Terrorist", history has proven that his cause was most laudable and this venue provides an excellent source of the discussion on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

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.

1 Thank retiredandlovingit07

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