Graduates and faculty from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh have discovered artifacts at the abolitionist Stephen Keese Smith property in the town Peru.
continued The location was originally owned by a slaveowner whose son became an abolitionist. The son sold the property to Smith.
At the location, the tour will visit a hidden room in a barn on the property where runaway slaves hid.
“You would never know it’s there from the outside of the barn,” Papson said. “People are very moved when they go into this space.”
An instructor from SUNY Plattsburgh along with graduates of the institution have found “buckets and buckets” worth of dishes, pottery, chamber pots, bottles and coins at the location, according to Papson.
“We’re looking for something that is going to link all of these things to the Underground Railroad,” Papson said. “We haven’t found it yet. Right now it’s telling us about the history of the property.”
The tour will last from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Saturday, beginning and ending at North Star Underground Railroad Museum, 1131 Mace Chasm Road, Ausable Chasm. Participants must register in advance by calling 834-5180. There is a 12 person limit. Tickets cost $10.