Peterboro, New York

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Peterboro, New York
1875 map
1875 map
Peterboro, New York is located in New York
Peterboro, New York
Peterboro, New York
Peterboro, New York is located in the United States
Peterboro, New York
Peterboro, New York
Coordinates: 42°58′00″N 75°41′10″W / 42.96667°N 75.68611°W / 42.96667; -75.68611Coordinates: 42°58′00″N 75°41′10″W / 42.96667°N 75.68611°W / 42.96667; -75.68611
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
1,296 ft (395 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315 & 680
GNIS feature ID960231[1]
Smithfield Presbyterian Church, Peterboro, New York

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 former Smithfield Presbyterian Church, in Peterboro. Peterboro has a post office with ZIP code 13134.[2]


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.

Notable residents[edit]

Gerrit Smith[edit]

In the 1820s, Gerrit Smith took over the business interests of his father, Peter Smith, Sr., managing his family's property holdings in the town and the surrounding area. The Peterboro Land Office was built as the office for these activities.

Gerrit Smith's commitment to both the abolition and temperance movements led to the Smith estate in Peterboro becoming a stop on the underground railroad and to Smith building one of the first temperance hotels in the country in Peterboro. The Smith estate also served as an important meeting place for abolitionists from both New York and other parts of the country, including John Brown and Frederick Douglass.


Historic sites[edit]

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.[5]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Peterboro". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ United States Postal Service. "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Eyle, p. 2
  4. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1879,' Biographical Sketch of Alexander Preston Ellinwood, pg. 504
  5. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.


  • Eyle, Alexandra. 1992. Charles Lathrop Pack: Timberman, Forest Conservationist, and Pioneer in Forest Education. Syracuse, NY: ESF College Foundation and College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Distributed by Syracuse University Press. Available: Google books
  • Nolan, David. 1984. Fifty Feet in Paradise: The Booming of Florida. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. (About Gen. Peter Sken Smith of Peterboro, brother of Gerrit Smith).

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