Place:North Elba, Essex, New York, United States


NameNorth Elba
Coordinates44.233°N 73.95°W
Located inEssex, New York, United States
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North Elba is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 8,957 at the 2010 census. The town is named after the island of Elba.

North Elba is on the western edge of the county. It is by road southwest of Plattsburgh, west-southwest of Burlington, Vermont, south-southwest of Montreal, and north of Albany.

The entirety of the village of Lake Placid is located within the boundaries of North Elba, as is part of the village of Saranac Lake.

North Country Community College is located in North Elba. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad traverses the town.



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The town was first settled around 1814. It was formed from part of the town of Keene in 1849.

John Brown, attracted by the views of local abolitionist Gerrit Smith, came to the town in 1849 to found a community for former black slaves. Smith was trying to resettle free blacks on land in the area, but it was not suitable for family farms. Brown left from his farm for the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

The town and its village, Lake Placid, were the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.

Barngalow and the Larom-Welles Cottage were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Notable residents

  • John Brown, the famous abolitionist, who was hanged after his conviction of treason, sedition, and murder by the state of Virginia, is buried on his family's farm in North Elba. 12 other participants in Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry were moved to a common grave near Brown's.
  • Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System, founded a resort in the town.

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External Links

  • Outstanding guide to North Elba family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, town histories, cemeteries, churches, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.

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