John Brown Farm and Gravesite

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County Highway 35 & John Brown Rd
North Elba, New York 12946
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John Brown’s Grave

See the Gallery for a ridiculously long inscription from a plaque at the site.


New York State Highway Department – Date Unknown
The farm was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998

What was there

The farmhouse of abolitionist John Brown (1800 – 1859)  who moved here in 1849 to teach freed slaves how to farm. He relocated to Kansas in 1855,  leaving his family behind, and was later convicted and hanged in 1859 for his role of leader in a raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry, WV. He and several of his followers were buried here. The estate remained in his family for nearly 40 years after.

What is there now

The property, including John Brown’s farmhouse is now a New York State Historic Site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. John Brown, as well as several followers are also buried here. A plaque commemorates the events and outcome of  Harpers Ferry.

More information

“I, John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood.”
– John Brown said nothing on the gallows prior to being executed for his involvement at Harpers Ferry, but handed a note containing these words to a guard. The outbreak of the Civil War in April, 1861 proved John Brown prophetic.

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