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The village of Lake Placid, New York, was founded in the early 1800s as an iron ore mining town. In 1845, an abolitionist named Gerrit Smith bought much of the land around the village, granting huge tracts to former slaves. Fellow abolitionist John Brown bought 244 acres of that land, which would come to be known as the “Freed Slave Utopian Experiment,” Timbucto. After Brown’s execution in 1859, he was buried on his farm here.

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