The John Brown Farm State Historic Site Celebrates 125th Anniversary!

On March 27, 1896 the Adirondack home of abolitionists John and Mary Brown became a state-owned property “to be dedicated and used for the purposes of a public park or reservation forever.”  In this straightforward fact, there are numerous stories to be told, urgent questions to be raised, and public and private efforts to be heralded for their significance in the promotion, preservation and interpretation of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site over these 125 years.   Throughout the year we will be celebrating the 125th anniversary with public programs, special events, and moments of remembrance. 

While this anniversary is an occasion for retrospection and commemoration, it also an opportunity to project the Farm into the future.  As the Friends Group, we see ourselves as inheritors of the many farsighted individuals whose care, vision and advocacy have protected and preserved the site for more than a century.  We cannot help but ask ourselves what can—and must—we do now to ensure that the John Brown Farm will be of use to all New Yorkers, to freedom-loving people everywhere, for generations to come.    

March 24th press event info- here.

Upcoming Anniversary Events!

Save the Dates! (more info to follow)

May 1-2: I Love My Park Day

May 8:  Histories of the John Brown Farm with Margaret Washington, Alice Keesey Mecoy and Sandra Weber.  Moderated by Lavada Nahon

May 9:  John Brown Day Observance (Spirit of John Brown Awards and Celebration will occur at a rededication of the Farm in July)

May 19:  Author discussion with Jefferson Hall, author of A Prison in the Adirondacks: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country.

June 5:  Birdwatching at the John Brown Farm with Larry Master

June 18:  Re-installation of the Memorial Field for Black Lives at the Farm

July 4:  July 4th program at the Farm marking the day in 1860 when Osborne Anderson, the only surviving Black Raider, visited the Farm and read from the Declaration of Independence.

July 10:  Butterfly Walk at the John Brown Farm with Larry Master

July 17: 125th Anniversary Celebration and Spirit of John Brown Awards