Saturday, June 24, 2023

John Brown Farm State Historic Site hosts guided walking tours

John Brown Farm

John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid presents Hikes Through History: A summer series of guided walking tours will kick off on Wednesday, June 28, at 10:30 am.
The first hike will start at the Heaven Hills Trails on the upper end of Bear Cub Lane, on land owned by the Henry and Mildred Uihlein Foundation. The 1.4 mile Old Orchard Loop overlooks neighboring land once farmed by Black and White settlers of the mid-19th century, some later purchased by Lake Placid benefactors Henry and Mildred Uihlein (The Uihlein Mercy Center, Mid’s Park, etc.) The Uihleins also donated land to Cornell University for a seed potato farm and lab, and a maple research station. All these topics are up for discussion as we walk and take in views of the High Peaks to the southeast.
Please call 518-806-9719 for more information and to sign up.

There are at least three more hikes planned: The Tablelands hike will follow the Potato Field Loop, starting at John Brown Farm (Friday, July 21), and at 2 miles long, with 200 ft elevation gain, will be a little more challenging, and the North Elba Cemetery Tour (August 12) will be shorter and entirely flat. At least one hike on the Old Mtn Rd is planned (August 17), possibly to be repeated late in September. It will proceed from the Lake Placid end of the Jackrabbit Trail off Mountain Lane, to the height of land, then return. This is part of the route John Brown took on first visiting the Adirondacks, and the route his wife Mary traveled with his casket, to bring him to his final resting place on his farm.
Those interested may call 518-806-9719. There is no charge for the tours, but donations to The Natural Heritage Trust will be used for improvements and programming at John Brown Farm.

At top: John Brown Farm seen in September 2020. Photo by Vanessa Banti

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