Posts Tagged ‘John Brown Farm State Historic Site’

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Creative Adirondacks, JBL! presents 8th Annual Blues at Timbuctoo

Jerry Dugger, Martha Swan and Gary Smith at the John Brown Farm in 2020.

The eighth annual “Blues at Timbuctoo” concert takes place on Sunday, September 17, 2023, from noon to 5 p.m. at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid. The event is sponsored by John Brown Lives!, and is free and open to the public, with preregistration recommended. This year’s lineup includes: Jerry Dugger and The Harlem Blues Project, Jake Blount, Dave Keyes, Grant Dermody and Frank Fotusky, and the father-daughter trio, Adirondack Blues Reunion.

[Tickets are available here:] https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blues-at-timbuctoo-tickets-707484664677

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Saturday, September 2, 2023

John Brown Farm to present living history performance of Harriet Tubman, Sept. 9

Charmaine Crowell-White will portray Harriet Tubman in a performance at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

On Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m., the John Brown Farm State Historic Site will present a living history performance based on the life of Harriet Tubman. This program offers a close look into the life and achievements of Harriet Tubman (known also as General Moses), whose life was a monument to courage and determination that continues to stand out in American history. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place outdoors under the tent in the picnic area.

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Monday, July 3, 2023

Summer Series: Conversations on Equity and Justice

John Brown Farm

NINE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT EQUITY AND JUSTICE

3pm Thursdays in July and August in the Memorial Field at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, 115 John Brown Way, Lake Placid

FACILITATORS
July 6: Dr. Shenell Evans, Shawndel N. Fraser, MA
July 13: Pete Nelson
July 20: Jerilea Zempel
July 27: Mike Bishop
August 3: Kathy Bonavist, Yunga Webb
August 10: Ellen Bettmann, Dr. J.W. Wiley
August 17: Russ DeFonce
August 24: Melissa Lambert, M Ed
August 31: Jen Kretser, Dr. Martin Tyler

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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


Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Stargazing event at John Brown Farm set for Feb. 18

Night sky, stars over Heart Lake

All are invited to explore the celestial heavens on a clear, moonless night in the north field of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site as part of a stargazing event scheduled for Saturday, February 18 at 7 p.m. A telescope will be available, but participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes or binoculars. This will be an outdoor program that will be held in the north field adjacent to the north field parking lot near the park entrance. In the case of inclement weather, Sunday, February 19 will be the rain date. This event is free and open to the public.

The John Brown Farm is located at 115 John Brown Road, a half mile north of State Route 73, in North Elba (2 miles east of the village of Lake Placid.)
For further information, contact the park office at (518) 527-0191 or email brendan.mills@parks.ny.gov.

State Parks oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which were visited by a record 74 million people last year. For more information
on any of these recreation areas, call (518) 474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with them on Facebook, or follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

Photo at top: Night sky, stars over Heart Lake. Photo by Brendan Wiltse. Almanack archive photo, 2014.


Saturday, February 4, 2023

Moonlight snowshoe walks at John Brown Farm State Historic Site on Feb. 5

snowshoesAll are welcome to enjoy moonlight snowshoe walks at the John Brown Farm Historic Site tomorrow, Sunday, February 5 beginning at 8 p.m. Participants of this moonlight snowshoe party will have the opportunity to walk the fields and forests of the John Brown trails under the light of the full moon. Folks are asked to bring their own showshoes and poles. This event is free and open to the public.

The John Brown Farm is located at 115 John Brown Road, a half mile north of State Route 73, in North Elba (2 miles east of the village of Lake Placid.) This event is sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Saratoga/Capital District – 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866.

For further information, contact the park office at (518) 523-3900 or email Brendan.mills@parks.ny.gov.

Photo at top: Snowshoes. Richard Monroe photo, Adirondack Almanack archive photo.

 


Friday, January 27, 2023

Virtual Public Information Meetings For John Brown Farm State Historic Site UMP, Feb. 8 and 9

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) today announced two virtual public meetings to collect public input on a unit management plan (UMP) for the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. The UMP will address the future management of the State Historic Site which encompasses 213 acres in the Town of North Elba, Essex County.

The first of two meetings will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. The second will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. OPRHPDEC, and APA encourage interested parties to participate in one of the scheduled information meetings. During the meeting, OPRHPDEC, and APA staff will provide information about the State Historic Site facilities and the UMP planning process. The agencies will also seek public input on the future management of these public lands.

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

John Brown Farm Receives Listing in National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

(Lake Placid, NY, 10/18/22) – John Brown Farm State Historic Site was added to the National Underground Railroad “Network to Freedom,” state officials announced. John Brown had a lifelong connection to the Underground Railroad, through his assistance of freedom seekers and his work in the abolitionist circuit alongside self-liberated people. Owen Brown, John’s father and ardent abolitionist, played a role in Hudson, Ohio’s Underground Railroad community when John Brown was a child.

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Sunday, October 9, 2022

John Brown Lives! receives $26,500 from Parks and Trails New York to expand strategic planning initiatives

On October 6, Senator Dan Stec (R,C-Queensbury) joined several state and regional representatives and John Brown Lives! Executive Director Martha Swan at a press conference and check presentation on the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid. John Brown Lives!, which runs programs year-round dedicated to preserving and advancing the legacy and mission of the famed abolitionist, received a $26,500 check from Parks and Trails New York to advance its strategic planning initiatives.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Author Benjamin Giroux to open Adirondack Family Book Festival on Aug. 20

WESTPORT, NY — Local author Benjamin Giroux will open the first Adirondack Family Book Festival on Saturday, August 20, at 9:50 a.m., with a deeply personal talk about the importance of supporting and listening to youth voices.

The festival will be held outdoors at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, 115 John Brown Road in Lake Placid, and is free and open to all ages. Festival grounds open at 9:30 a.m. and the day ends at 4 p.m. following a Youth Voices panel. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved indoors to the Lake Placid Middle-High School.

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