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John Brown Farm
This is the home and final resting place of abolitionist John Brown, located just outside of Lake Placid. He famously attempted a failed liberation movement among enslaved African Americans by attacking the arsenal at Harpers Ferry. He was hung for treason by the state of Virginia for this act in 1859. The property was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998.
The cabin that John Brown's family called home is the most popular destination for visitors. So are the views of the surrounding Adirondack High Peaks. There is no fee to enter and explore the grounds, however there is a minimal fee to tour the cabin. There are just over four miles of hiking trails to explore on the property. The trails are well maintained and fairly easy to walk, with many views of the Adirondack Mountains.
You can find more info on John Brown Farm State Historic Site from the NY State Parks website. There is a great trail map also from the NYS Parks. We have a copy of the trail map below. The grounds are open all year. The tours of the cabin are open May to October from 10am-5pm, except on Tuesday (CLOSED). There are picnic tables and nice restrooms (in the barn), as well as a privy. Look below for a few pics, the trail map, a map of the area and a video.
Directions: From Lake Placid take either NY 86 west or NY 73 out of town to Old Military Road aka County Route 35. Turn onto John Brown Farm Road to end of road. If your looking for scenic views of the high peaks from your vehicle, may we suggest driving down (south) Bear Cub Road aka County Route 25 to the bend. Bear Cub Road is just to the west of John Brown Farm Road off Old Military Road. Surprising and stunning views from the road across the old potato fields.
John Brown Statue with cabin in background
Barn and pond
Potato Field Loop Trail near the barn
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