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 Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark in Peterboro NY will open for the 2015 season beginning Memorial Day and will be open from 1 - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday each week until the last weekend of August. The sites will also be open during Heritage Programs from September on. The Gerrit Smith Estate has interior and exterior exhibits on freedom seekers, Gerrit Smith, Smith's wealth, philanthropy and family, and the Underground Railroad. This site is on the national, state, and county Underground Railroad Trail.
Visitor Center open Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm
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!