At least 147 African Americans are buried in the small Peterboro Cemetery in rural Madison County, New York. Among them is John West, whose headstone was toppled by a falling tree during a storm in August 2023. [Read more…] about Peterboro’s Dominie: Early Black Adventist John West
On October 21st 1835 six hundred abolitionists met in Utica, NY to form a state antislavery society. Twice the six hundred delegates were confronted by an angry mob and thrown out of the Bleeker Street Church.
Gerrit Smith invited the delegates to meet the next day in the safety of Peterboro, in Madison County, NY. Through the cold and rainy night three hundred men made their way to Peterboro up over the hill through Vernon Center. [Read more…] about Walking The Historical Abolition Road
Historical research using old newspapers fascinates but also frustrates me. Had you read the March 5th, 1936 edition of The Cazenovia Republican you would have learned that the historic Gerrit Smith mansion in Peterboro, New York, burned to the ground two days earlier. [Read more…] about The Destruction of Gerrit Smith’s Mansion