What to See and Do at the Peterboro CWW

Your admission to the Peterboro Civil War Weekend includes access to ALL of these activities. Enjoy!

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  • Visit the Gerrit Smith Estate, National Historic Landmark
    • Visitors Center -Exhibits, orientation video and the Peterboro Mercantile
    • Peterboro Mercantile - a Community Heritage Shop
    • The shop has publications, tee shirts, stationery, mugs, totes, jewelry, period toys, and other articles connected to the history of Peterboro. The sales benefit the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum.
    • Barn- Exhibits
    • Land Office
    • Exhibits in the Barn and the Land Office at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will be open. Exhibits include information on the Smith family, the use of family wealth, the Underground Railroad, African Americans in Peterboro, and abolitionists who came to Peterboro.
  • Soldiers Camps - Union and Confederate
  • Skirmish!  2:00 Saturday and Sunday
  • Mercantile on the Green
  • Enjoy homemade baked goods, Civil War related items for children, books,  Peterboro t-shirts, mugs and much more.
  • Sutler tents
  • Period Music
  • Children Games
  • Visiting Historical Societies
  • Historic Lectures and Demonstrations
  • Food and Drink tents
  • Visit the National Abolition Hall of Fame
  • Located on the 2nd floor of the historic Smithfield Community Center, the site of the inaugural meeting of the New York State Antislavery Society  in 1835.  A multi-media presentation on the 1835 meeting, abolition inductee banners, and anti-slavery artworks are among the exhibits at the Hall.
  • Visit the Peterboro Area Museum
  • Located on the east end of the village green, the museum contains artifacts and displays on the Smith family and other famous citizens of Peterboro.
  Additional weekend activities:
  • Saturday 12:00 noon - Chicken Bar-B-Q at the Firehouse. Proceeds benefit the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Sunday 7:00-10:00 am - Pancake Breakfast, at the Community Center. Proceeds benefit the Peterboro Methodist Church.

The Civil War Weekend is organized and operated completely by volunteers.  All profits from the weekend are used to continue the work of preserving and restoring the historic sites in Peterboro.   Thank You.