The hamlet of Peterboro is located in the Town of Smithfield, in the center of  Madison County, New York 13134.

National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum


 Located in the Smithfield Community Center, the site of the inaugural meeting of the New York State Antislavery Society Meeting in 1835.  

2024 Hours

from June 1 ~ July 31

Saturday through Wednesday   noon – 4 pm


from August 3 - September 2 

Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 pm

for group tours arranged by reservations call 315-308-1890


Gerrit Smith Estate

National Historic Monument


Home of abolitionist Gerrit Smith (1797-1874). Hundreds of fugitives from slavery and scores of abolitionists walked on this estate.


2024 Hours

Exterior Exhibits Are Open Dawn to Dusk All Year

Open Buildings: Events and Group Appointments

Sat & Sun    1-3 pm

June 1 ~ August 25, 2024

for special events, and for group tours call 315-308-1890

Peterboro Area Museum

Established 1975

4604 Peterboro Road

Peterboro, New York


The Peterboro Area Museum is located at the east end of the Peterboro Green, in the former schoolhouse of the Home for Destitute Children of Madison County, built in 1899.  The museum is open from June to September on Sundays, 2-4 with the following exceptions:

Open Sunday July 7th from 1pm. to 4pm

Open Saturday Aug. 31 1pm to 4 pm

Closed Sunday Sept. 1

 Please call to arrange special visits.


Exhibits include Peterboro Glass, the Madison County Home for Destitute Children, Gerrit Smith’s Family and their accomplishments, the Underground Railroad in Peterboro, Early Businesses, Elizabeth Smith Miller’s Dress Reform, and Gerrit Smith Miller’s contributions to soccer and the Holstein Friesian cattle industry.


 The museum also has an extensive genealogical collection for families with a connection to Peterboro and the surrounding area.

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PO Box 6, Peterboro, NY 13134

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