Smith helped hundreds of African Americans by purchasing their freedom from slavery, arranging safe passage to Canada, helping families establish their lives locally, giving deeds to land, providing educational opportunities, and working for human rights. Due to Smith’s persuasive and exemplary efforts, Peterboro became a crossroads for human benevolence.
Today, this historic location has become mostly forgotten. The name Gerrit Smith has little recognition. But this man and this place have earned their place in the history books.
The Gerrit Smith Estate is designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is a National Park Service Network to Freedom Underground Railroad site, a Heritage NY Underground Railroad site, and also a Madison County NY Freedom Trail site.
The Estate is operated by the Smithfield
Community Association, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the
preservation of the Gerrit Smith Estate as both an educational resource
and as a tourism destination.
The Visitor Center and Estate buildings are closed for the season.
The grounds are open for self guided tours from dawn to dusk every day.
The Peterboro Mercantile On-Line store is always open 24/7/365!