Gerrit Smith Estate

National Historic Landmark

Peterboro, NY

What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?

Friday, July 5, 2024 ~ 7pm

Selections from Frederick Douglass' Famous Speech

presented by Owen Corpin

National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum
Doors open at 6:00pm

Sunday Summer Sessions

 presented by Norman K. Dann, PhD

July 7, 1 pm: Peter Smith: Furs, Land, and Anguish

July 14, 1 pm: The Era and the Issues

July 21, 1 pm: Gerrit Smith: The Practical Dreamer

July 28, 1 pm: Ann Carroll Fitzhugh Smith: Support Services Agent

August 11, 1 pm: Elizabeth Smith Miller: Quiet Advocate

August 18, 1 pm: Greene Smith: Rebel and Outdoorsman

August 25, 1 pm: Cousins of Reform: Smith and

September 1, 1 pm: Underground Railroad and Its Moral Significance

Gerrit Smith Estate

  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, gifting 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.

Hours of Operation

Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 pm, June 3 to August 27, 2023,

for special events, and for group tours arranged by reservations 315-308-1890.

The exterior exhibits are open from dawn to dusk for folks who respect property.


 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 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 a tourism destination.