Smithfield Community Association 

Peterboro, NY

The Smithfield Community Association is the catalyst that makes the Gerrit Smith Estate and the community of Peterboro a destination for educators, researchers, students and history lovers to learn from the social reform movements that began in the 19th century.

Peterboro, once a mecca for reformers in the 1800’s, will once again become a gathering place and resource center for today’s students to learn about the ideas and practice of abolition, integration, women’s rights and religious freedom.

For the tourist exploring history, this tiny hamlet in central New York retains the feel of a 19th century experience, yet tells a major story in the history of our country.

Major Underground Railroad destination

Lifelong residence of abolitionist and social reformer Gerrit Smith

Site of the inaugural meeting of the NYS Anti-slavery Society in 1835

Home to suffragist and dress reform advocate Elizabeth Smith Miller