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Smithfield Presbyterian Church, Peterboro, New York
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Peterboro, New York, located about twenty-five miles southeast of Syracuse, is an historic hamlet and current administrative center for the Town of Smithfield, Madison County, New York. The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum is located at the Smithfield Presbyterian Church, in Peterboro.


In 1795, Peter Smith, Sr., a partner of John Jacob Astor's who built his fortune in the fur trade, founded Peterborough, naming the town after himself. Smith moved his family to Peterborough in 1804 and built the family home there. In 1894 the town name was changed to Peterboro, which is the form it retains to this day.

Historic sites

In 2001, the Gerrit Smith Estate was designated a National Historic Landmark. The Peterboro Land Office building and Smithfield Presbyterian Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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