Most People Have Long Forgotten About This Short-Lived Colony In New York

Life in the 1800s was a particularly fraught time for African Americans. The south was, of course, rife with slavery. Even in the north, where there was no slavery for parts of the century, there were still lynchings, strict rules on who was allowed to vote, and other atrocities. In the 1850s, a group attempted to make conditions more equal by forming a rural haven for African Americans. Within 20 years, the place was down to just two families inhabiting it and it had pretty much become a ghost town in New York. Today, most people don’t even remember that this town ever existed.

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You can find out more about the John Brown Farm State Historic Site on the New York State Parks website.

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Address: North Elba, NY 12946, USA