Thursday, 18 February 2021
quote [ In 2021, the state of New York will celebrate 125 years of being caretaker to this historical site. The John Brown Farm attracts between 45,000-50,000 visitors per year, per site manager Brendan Mills. Mr. Mills notes that the Farm is one of the oldest historical sites in the state parks system. Interestingly, 2020 was a record year for visitation to the Farm, with an estimated 70,000 visitors, mostly from within New York. This influx can perhaps be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, or perhaps the resurgence of John Brown in popular media, such as through the primetime TV show The Good Lord Bird.
Or perhaps we can gauge the renewed popularity of the Farm, or John Brown, or antiracist history in general as connected to contemporary politics. As a result of the renewed Black Lives Matter movement that spread across the nation over the summer, there have been world-wide conversations over public monuments and their relation to race and racism. ]
One of these days I'd love to get around to all these sites and make 360 tours of them.