Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark4543 Peterboro Road
Peterboro NY 13134-0006
Category: Historic Tours, Sites and Markers / Museums & Related Organizations
Description: Site is on National Park Service Network to Freedom (UGRR) and the New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail. Scores of abolitionists and hundreds of freedom seekers found refuge and support in Peterboro at the home of wealthy abolitionist Gerrit Smith.
Our Story: Henry Highland Garnet wrote to Frederick Douglas that there were "Two places where slaveholders cannot go: Heaven and Peterboro." Peterboro was a haven for the fugitives, and also a support center for the "Who's Who" list of national reformers. Imagine who stood on each of the two hundred year old brick's in Smith's Land Office. Elizabeth Cady met Henry Stanton here. Elizabeth Smith Miller created bloomers in Peterboro.