13th Annual Emancipation Day


Saturday, August 5, 2023

Gerrit Smith National Historic Landmark

10:00    Gathering and Processional to Cemetery

   1:30    Amy Godine: The Black Woods: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier

   2:30    John J. Hanrahan: Traveling Freedom's Road: A Guide to Our Civil Rights History

   3:30    Norman K.Dann PhD: Guided Tour of Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark 

 Gerrit Smith is one of the most important Americans you've never heard of.

"There are yet two places where slaveholders cannot come,

Heaven and Peterboro."   

- Henry Highland Garnet, 1848

"Come to Peterboro!"

In 1835, abolitionists trying to convene in Utica faced an angry mob. Gerrit Smith stood up and invited them to come to Peterboro, where they held the very first meeting of the NY State Anti-Slavery Society.

Women's Rights

Smith's daughter, Elizabeth Smith Miller was the first modern woman to wear pants. She cofounded the National Woman Suffrage Association along with her cousin, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B Anthony.

Holstein History

Pioneering breeder, Gerrit Smith Miller, established the famous Kriemhild Herd, the first registered Holstein-Friesian herd in America.

Visit us

Email: info@peterborony.org.      Telephone: 315-280-8828

Everything in town is within walking distance of the Peterboro General Store, 4571 Peterboro Road, Peterboro NY  13134


Note: Addresses might say Cazenovia or Morrisville, even though they are in the village of Peterboro.  

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