Norman K. Dann will host the first three Sundays at the Gerrit Smith Estate with 2 p.m. presentations followed by a tour of the estate. Dann has written nine books on 19th Century history of the Smith family and their abolition, women’s rights, environmental, social justice, and Underground Railroad activities.
Five dollar admission includes the presentation and the tour following.
The children of Gerrit and Ann Smith both rose to national prominence but in different issue areas: Elizabeth in women's rights and Greene in environmental issues. These two specializations characterized the clash between moral reform and scientific advancements.
Dann will draw upon his thirty years of research and writing to describe the existence of the Underground Railroad as a moral statement about a corrupt nation. By 1830 the abolition movement was heating up because the nation had failed to implement its ideals of "freedom and justice for all."
The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark (GSENHL) is located at 5304 Oxbow Road in Peterboro NY. The Underground Railroad site will open for the season on Saturday June 4, 2022. The exterior interpretive signage at the GSENHL is open all year from dawn to dusk for visitors respectful of the grounds. The buildings and interior exhibits will be open from 1 – 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from June 4 to August 28. The site is also open for special events and group tours at additional times. For updates and more information: