John Brown’s Farm in the Town of North Elba is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. John Brown died in the pursuit of freedom for slaves and after an assault on Harpers Ferry to obtain arms in 1859, he was hung in Virginia. His body was then transported back to his home here in North Elba along with several of his comrades who aided him in the Harpers Ferry raid.
Today John Brown’s Farm is open to the public and part of New York States office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. This landmark is a staple of the area and a significant importance in the era of slavery. This historical landmark, overlooked I’m sure by many, should consider visiting the site as part of their journey to the High Peaks Region.
There is also another key feature to this historical site and that is the trail network surrounding the area. The trail network isn’t expansive by any means but is laid out in such a way that it offers numerous possibilities for the entire family as well as those with disabilities.
Leaving from behind John Brown’s family home you will find a trail register where many of the trails leave from. As you drove in there is a small dirt parking area on the left, located along the field, this is another access point to the trails – trails are located here on both sides of the road.
Most of the trails located on the farm are easy with a gentle grade, only a few of the trails would be classified as even moderate in layout. No matter your age or abilities the trails here have something for you.
These trails are open year around and offer outdoor recreation in hiking, gentle walks, wildlfie viewing, birding, picnicking, trail running and relaxation. In winter they are open to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trails are also dog friendly, they just request that you clean up after them and leave the area as clean as you found it, or cleaner if needed. Enjoy wildflowers? This entire farm is loaded with them in season and the fields are a sea of colors.
For more information, tour fees, hours of operation check out their website and be sure to make it part of your visit to Lake Placid.