Wednesday, May 19, 2010

John Brown Farm among 11 endangered historic sites

Lake Placid is getting some national attention -- and for once it has nothing to do with the Olympics.

The Associated Press reports that the John Brown Farm historic site is featured on America's "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" list.

Here's the brief published earlier today by the AP:

Turning out the lights on historic sites might save cash-strapped states a few bucks but could cost much more if vandals find such properties left vacant.

A new listing of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for the first time includes state parks and historic sites at-large, saying they’re threatened by slashed budgets.

New York state alone is shutting down dozens of parks and sites, including abolitionist John Brown’s farm where he is buried. It has been open to the public since 1895.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation also lists 10 other sites as endangered Wednesday. One is Virginia’s Wilderness Battlefield where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met in the Civil War.

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