Welcome to the Gerrit Smith Estate
National Historic Landmark
Peterboro, New York

The Gerrit Smith Estate was the lifetime home and office of Gerrit Smith (1797-1874). Driven by his liberal ideas and empowered by his wealth, he was one of the most powerful abolitionists in the United States. Scores of abolitionists received support and renewed commitment to the cause of freedom at Smith’s home in Peterboro.

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!

Recent Announcements

  • Peterboro Emancipation Day 2015 Peterboro Emancipation Day 2015The Peterboro Emancipation Day 2015 Committee invites the public to partake in a day of history, legacy, and reflection on Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Peterboro ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2015, 8:50 AM by Gerrit Smith
  • GSENHL Web Site Updated The Gerrit Smith Estate web site has been refreshed. Be sure to check back often, as we will be adding a lot of material in the coming year. Please let ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2015, 10:38 AM by Gerrit Smith
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