Thursday, November 13, 2014

The John Brown Farm, Revisited

I arrived in the town of Lake Placid and went immediately to the John Brown farm, a State Historical Site. My walking tour began with the statue of Mr. Brown and a young, freed slave. It gave Mr. Brown's lifespan as 1800 to 1859:

John Brown's house and barn are set in a beautiful, Adirondack location:

The state has placed signs which explain the life and deeds of John Brown. I'm sure I learned about him in high school, but the only thing I remembered was the song, "John Brown's body lies mouldering in the grave." Basically, he was a champion of abolishing slavery and establishing equality for everybody. Frustrated that peaceful means were not accomplishing the goal, he led an assault on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia:

John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was unsuccessful and he was captured, tried, convicted and hanged:

I walked over to the little cemetery:

There were two plaques on a large stone, commemorating John Brown:

His grave is protected by a glass enclosure:

Beside John Brown's grave are two others. The first is the final resting place of his son, Oliver, who died during the raid, and many or all of the remains of nine other men who participated:

His other son, Watson, also died during the raid:

I entered and toured John Brown's farm house but no one is allowed to take pictures anymore. But I did take photos five years ago when they were allowed, and you can see them here. I walked down to the pond, crossed the dam and went to have a look at the barn:

I walked around the barn, enjoying the peaceful scenery, and then crossed back over the dam toward the house:

One last look at the house and I left to return home:

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