North Elba, New York: John Brown's House and Grave

John Brown's body lies a-mold'rin' in what grave? This grave. Also: birthplace home and bronze statue.

John Brown Farm State Historic Site

Address:
115 John Brown Rd, North Elba, NY
Directions:
John Brown Farm State Historic Site. From downtown Lake Placid drive south on Hwy 73 for 1.5 miles. When in bends left, veer right onto John Brown Rd. Drive three-quarters of a mile. The road ends at John Brown Farm. Look for the small family graveyard.
Hours:
House W-M May-Oct. 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
518-523-3900
Admission:
Grave is free, $2.00 to tour the house.
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John Brown statue.

John Brown's House and Grave

John Brown's farm is located south of Lake Placid on top of the hill that has the ski jumps from the 1980 Olympics. You can see the farm property in its entirety if you take the elevator to the top of the 120-meter ski jump. The NYS-run site includes John Brown's farmhouse and barn, as well as a caretaker's house and other infrastructure for visitors. You can go inside the restored house and see period artifacts.

The family graveyard is encircled by an iron fence. John Brown was interred immediately after his execution. His headstone is now protected from the elements. The other graves included family members as well as a single grave with the remains of 10 co-conspirators. A remarkable statue of John Brown, sculpted by Joseph Pollia and placed in 1935, stands nearby.

[Annie, 11/27/2020]

John Brown's grave.

John Brown's Grave and House

This was the home and grave site of the abolitionist John Brown (As in the old Civil War song, "John Brown's body lies a-mold'rin' in the grave, his truth is marching on"). It is basically a family grave site where he and his family, including his sons who were also killed at Harper's Ferry, are buried or memorialized.

There was also a visitors center which had an interesting video about the ultimately failed attempt to provide land for any black individuals from New York State who wanted to develop farms in that area.

[Cathy, 09/05/2014]

John Brown, who looked like an Old Testament prophet, tried to lead a slave revolt in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. He was hanged. Nov. 2020: Photo added.


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