John Brown Farm State Historic Site (Lake Placid)

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115 John Brown Road

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Hiking, Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

For those who are interested in history but don't want to drive too far to find it, John Brown Farm State Historic Site is worth a visit. Located less than a mile southwest of the Olympic Jumping Complex and Lake Placid Airport, this landmark provides travelers with a bit of history about the iconic abolitionist John Brown. Prior to his famous assault of Harpers Ferry's arsenal in the late 1850s, Brown resided at this property. After being captured and hanged on Dec. 2, 1859, the revolutionary leader's body was returned to his home where he is now buried alongside several of his followers.

On the property, visitors will find Brown's former farmhouse, a small graveyard, a barn and a small pond. While many find the home and graveyard informative and enjoyable to browse, the majority of travelers said the standout here is the stunning landscape. During the warmer months, visitors highly recommend taking advantage of the area's hiking trails, which feature prime views of the nearby Olympic Jumping Complex. (In the winter, these paths double as snowshoe and cross-country ski trails.) However, John Brown Farm does not provide trail maps, so plan to print out some maps from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's website to bring with you.

Travelers also rave about the historic home's admission fee. To enter John Brown Farm, you'll pay just $2 per adult or $1 for each senior or student. And for children 12 years and younger, there is no entrance fee. Guides are available inside the main building to provide tours and answer questions, and access to bathrooms, picnic tables and access to a small parking area is included in the entrance rate. Keep in mind, though, that while the grounds are open year-round for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and picnics, the Brown home is only open May through October (Tuesdays excluded) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Located just 9 miles northwest of the bustling tourist town of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake is the perfect escape from the high prices that accompany Lake Placid's Olympics attractions. Filled with shops, hotels and local diners, Saranac Lake is considered one of the most idyllic villages in upstate New York.

Recent travelers characterized the area as a lesser-known gem of the Adirondacks. Whether you visit when the leaves are changing, in February for winter carnival or once the snow has melted, Saranac Lake offers plenty of stunning scenery without hoards of tourists. Canoeing, hiking and kayaking are especially popular here.

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