Students will give archaeology tours at John Brown Farm

SUNY Potsdam archaeology professor Hadley Kruczek-Aaron shows a site in the town of North Elba where African-Americans may have lived as part of the 19th-century Timbuctoo farming colony, intended to give them each land to be able to vote. (Enterprise photo — Shaun Kittle)
Sierra Club President Aaron Mair kneels at the grave of 19th-century abolitionist John Brown after laying a wreath with his daughter Olivia as part of John Brown Day May 6 at the state historic site in Lake Placid. (Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

LAKE PLACID — SUNY Potsdam archaeology students are wrapping up their third week of a four-week field school at John Brown Farm State Historic Site, and they invite the public to see what they’re doing Saturday.

The students will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the farm at 115 John Brown Road, off Old Military Road.

“As part of the open house, we will be giving site tours on the hour, and members of the public would be able to get a close-up look at how archaeologists do their work,” archaeology professor Hadley Kruczek-Aaron wrote in an email.

About a dozen students are working on the project, looking for the archaeological record left by the Brown family and the people who took care of the farm after the Browns moved out west. The state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, which manages the farm now as a historic site, supports the project.