The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will host a number of 19th Century Experiences as part of Abolition Induction Weekend, set for October 21st through 23rd.
The 2022 Abolition Induction Weekend will begin with a Welsh Music and Poetry Tribute to inductee Robert Everett on Friday, October 21st at 7 pm. The evening of music will be held in the Peterboro United Methodist Church.
On Saturday, October 22nd at 10 am, Norman K. Dann PhD will provide a guided tour of the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark Underground Railroad site including the grounds and buildings with histories of the 19th C. people who lived and visited there. The Afternoon Abolition Symposia introducing the three inductees to the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum will include words of the abolitionists.
At 5 pm in the building where the New York State Antislavery Society was formed in 1835, the Peterboro United Methodist Church will serve a 19th C. Box Dinner with menu suggestions from Elizabeth Smith Miller’s In the Kitchen cookbook. The meal will include Peterboro cheddar cheese with hardtack crackers, fall vegetable pot pie with Greene Smith’s bird pie vent, mixed salad greens with fall fruits, caramelized winter squash and praline nuts, and individual apple crisps.
On Sunday morning October 23rd at 7:30 am, walkers will register for the Abolitionist Freedom Walk reenacting the walk of 104 abolitionists who escaped the mob threats in Utica by hiring a lumber barge to transport them to Canastota from whence they walked to the antislavery meeting in Peterboro. The 2022 five mile Freedom Walk will be from Canastota to Clockville and back to Canastota. Brief reenactments and interpretive sign unveilings will take place in Canastota and Clockville, as well as in Peterboro at 1 pm where reenactors Ann and Gerrit Smith will welcome abolitionists to a public reception in the safety of Peterboro.
Photo of Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark.