National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, Peterboro

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The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum is located on the second floor of a historic Presbyterian church, located at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, between Elizabeth and Park Streets, in the hamlet of Peterboro, New York. The church, built in 1820, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. No longer used as a church, it has been the Evans Academy; Town Hall; Peterboro Union School; and Peterboro Elementary School. The first floor now (2018) serves as the Town of Smithfield Community Center.

In 1835, the inaugural meeting of the New York State Antislavery Society was held in this building. It was held in Peterboro because the original meeting, in Utica, was aborted by pro-slavery protestors, including New York Senator, and the following year New York Attorney General, Samuel Beardsley. Gerrit Smith was from Peterboro and suggested it as a substitute location. 1,000 attended, "the largest convention ever assembled in that State for any purpose whatever".
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  • The story of the people who worked hard to free slaves and have the practice of slavery abolished is told well here. However, there are several things I'd like to tell you before you go. First, the.....  more »
  • John G. Fee was the founder of the college I currently attend. He was inducted into this Hall of Fame in October and I was able to witness it happen. It is a nice Museum and i encourage others to...  more »
  • Know your history America! Stop by and get your head exploded by truth bombs in an all out knowledge campaign. Seriously though, be sure to check out this museum, it is a hidden jewel of Upstate N.Y.
  • Local history, state site. Worth a trip. A few items displayed were not completely accurate, but a great deal of work went into the collection

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