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John Brown Farm State Historic Site

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Address: 2 John Brown Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946-3245
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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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Great stop outside of town to get perspective on a historic figure and learn about the underground railroad movement. Very emotional. Tour guide was top notch.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 August 2016
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Great stop outside of town to get perspective on a historic figure and learn about the underground railroad movement. Very emotional. Tour guide was top notch.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful setting. Interesting information about John Brown and other figures. Take the inexpensive tour of the farmhouse. Our guide was very well informed. There are some nature trails and also exhibits in the barn, including one about "Timbuctoo", which I had never heard of until our guide told us about it.

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Stopped by looking for something to do for an hour or two. Was not aware of the story...I'd recommend checking out the new exhibit on the 2nd floor of the barn. Free site to walk around, see the barn, etc, but it's $2 or $3 if you want to tour the house itself. Unfortunately it started raining, so we didn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Very knowledgeable guide/staff made the visit very interesting. She has researched many topics to gain a better understanding of the family and the times. Love listening to someone with passion and knowledge!

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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We had a knowledgeable guide for the house tour. The barn held a current extensive exhibit on the attempted 19th century African-American community in the rough Adirondack land of North Elba, New York. The basement held other slavery and abolitionist-related information, and a film. There is some hiking land in the woods and meadows around the property, which seemed to... More 

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Fort Myers Fl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

This is such an interesting, scenic, historic spot. There is no cost unless you tour the home and even that is a mere $2. Be sure you have driving directions as there was minimal signage to guide the way. The video of stories of slaves escaping via the underground railroad was very moving. There was much more here than just... More 

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Lake Placid, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Visiting John Brown Farm State Historic Site gives me chills to know that this men fought for liberation/abolishment of slavery in America and gave his life for it. He gave his live without hesitation to galvanize American people to fight against slavery. On October of 1859 John Brown, his two sons, 5 African Americans and 13 anti-slavery brave warriors attacked... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a well preserved site, and there is a tour available via a posted telephone number in off hours. The staff is knowledgeable and courteous.

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Moscow, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

My husband is a Civil War buff and knew much about John Brown before we got there. It was still interesting for him, and certainly educational for the rest of us. A lovely site, including some short trails and picnic tables. I think it was $2 to get in. Seems like there are some new exhibits in the barn. The... More 

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Renton, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

The state has done a nice job of preserving Brown's farm and of interpreting his life to put it into the historical context of the mid 1800s. The young man who was the docent was very knowledgable and provided a good overview of Brown's life and his historic significance.

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