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John Brown Farm State Historic Site

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115 John Brown Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Latitude 44.254173
Longitude -73.972023

High in New York State's Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Many Americans know the song "John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave," but most do not associate the words with this simple farm at North Elba, New York.

On the night of October 16, 1859, Brown and his followers assaulted the U.S. Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, planning to use the captured arms in an extensive campaign for the liberation of the slaves in the South. Brown was captured on October 18, 1859, imprisoned at Charlestown, Virginia, tried by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and hanged on December 2, 1859. His body was returned to North Elba and was buried in front of his home on December 8, 1859. The remains of several of Brown's followers, who fought and died at Harper's Ferry, were moved to this small graveyard in 1899.

Brown's final prophesy--"I, John Brown, am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done,"--was soon to be realized in the Civil War.

Hours of Operation

  • Tours/Special Events/Programs: 5/1 - 10/31 - Weekdays and Sat/Sun: 10 am - 5 pm.  Closed Tuesdays. Tours will be given on the hour, the last tour is at 4 PM. Contact Historic Site Office for information.
  • May thru Oct. Open 10 AM to 5PM Weekdays and Saturday and Sunday
    Closed on Tuesday
    Grounds open all year
    Also open Independence Day.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Admission
  • Admission to the historic house is free.
    $75.00 fee for tour buses.


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Sat 22 Jun
Juneteenth Celebration and Barbecue
Saturday, June 22, 2024 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
At John Brown Farm from noon- 4pm there will be a celebration with presentations, a book talk, and a barbecue from 1-3pm, a book talk at 1:45pm by Historian and Author Amy Godine, and a Gospel Choir at 3pm. There is no entry fee for John Brown Farm; the barbecue is $8/person.

A Colors of Freedom mini-tour of the Keeseville area organized by the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association starting at the North Star URR Museum will end at John Brown Farm. Registration for the tour is available online
Fri 28 Jun
The Smokey Bear Reading Challenge Kick-Off
Friday, June 28, 2024 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
Come meet Smokey Bear, Live and In Person! A number of organizations will be present to help kids achieve their badges, which are part of the summer's challenge.
Fri 05 Jul
Unveiling of “Beacon of Hope”: Statue of Harriet Tubman
Friday, July 5, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
The Celebration organized by Friends Group John Brown Lives!, and Lake Placid Public Library, with John Brown Farm, will include a presentation by children's book author and illustrator team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome! Their book "Before She Was Harriet" will be installed as a STORYWALK® by Lake Placid Public Library, and there will be activities geared for young visitors.
Fri 09 Aug
Civil War Encampment
Friday, August 9, 2024 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
Interact with Civil War Re-enactors and see what life was like for Civil War Soldiers.
Sat 17 Aug
Adirondack Family Book Festival
Saturday, August 17, 2024 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
The Adirondack Family Book Festival brings together beloved children's and YA authors and illustrators to meet their readers of all ages, read aloud, and talk about their work. Hands-on art making and discovery are also planned. The event is free and open to all. Join us for a celebration of community, diversity, and storytelling in the beautiful Adirondack mountains!

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Re-enactments
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tours