John Brown Farm and Gravesite

John Brown Rd., Lake Placid, New York


John Brown Memorial

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1990



Street View 


Few of those who have sung "John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in his grave," know that his grave is here in upstate New York. It was from his small, plain, unpainted frame farmhouse that the famous and controversial abolitionist set forth, first to Kansas, then to Harpers Ferry, with his plan to exorcize slavery from America by armed confrontation. At his request, his body was returned here for burial after he was tried for treason and executed in 1859. From the moment he was interred, the farmhouse and gravesite were regarded as a shrine, and from them "histruth goes marching on." The property was deeded to the State of New York in 1896, and is open to the public as a State Historic Site. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, August 6, 1998

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1972
Reference number
NR name
Brown, John, Farm and Gravesite
Areas of significance
Social History; Politics/Government; Ethnic Heritage - Black
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Museum; Monument/marker
Current functions
Museum; Monument/marker
Periods of significance
1825-1849; 1850-1874
Significant years
1849; 1855; 1859
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing structures: 3

Update Log 

  • May 9, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • January 24, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett