Historic Sites

These historical sites are valuable sources of information and education about enslaved people in New York State. They serve as physical reminders of slavery, emancipation, and the antislavery movement throughout New York. All images of these sites have been taken from the web pages linked below.

Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz has recently begun interpreting African American life and history. The Huguenots were originally from France and became major landowners and business owners in and around New Paltz. Information about people enslaved by the Huguenots along with information about their owners can be found at African American Presence in the Hudson Valley | New York Heritage.

(Visitors, Historic Huguenot Street)

John Jay Homestead in Katonah, New York was very likely a site on the Underground Railroad. Jay was a founder of the New York Manumission Society. The site features information about slavery in New York along with educational materials.

(John Jay’s Bedford House, John Jay Homestead)

Mount Gulian Historic Site, located at Fishkill Landing (now Beacon), became the home of James F. Brown, freedom-seeker, whose manumission was purchased by the Verplanck family in 1828. From 1829 until his death in 1868, Brown became a well-known gardener, spending most of his years working at the Mount Gulian estate.

(Inside the Home, Mount Gulian Historic Site)

Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow operated by Historic Hudson Valley interprets early African American life in Dutch New Netherlands. On the website, there are links to information about the enslaved people who lived and worked there. One link of interest describes the work and role of women of African descent.


(Millpond Bridge of Philipsburg Manor, Historic Hudson Valley)

The Steven and Harriet Myers Residence was a major site of Underground Railroad activity in the Capital region of New York State. This site offers tours of the residence. The Underground Railroad Education Center runs these tours and provides other programs related to the Underground Railroad.

(The Steven and Harriet Myers Residence, Underground Railroad Education Center)