In this article, we can see one of the famous houses in Florence, MA was the Ross Farm, known for its connections to helping the abolitionist movements. The importance of this article is that it’s a famous historical landmark in Florence and can be used as a reference when visiting the city on Monday 1/20.
When discussing the topic of helping slaves on their way up north the Ross Farm was known for being a very safe place and popular place for the run away slaves to go to. Within the article they went as far as to say that the Ross Farm can be considered a “haven” for the traveling run away slaves and fleeing abolitionists. The Ross Farm connection to the silk trade was that of an interesting one, where Samuel Hill first bought the house from the Northampton Silk Company. From there it slowly transformed into what it was known for, helping the abolitionist movements.
The man who bought the Ross Farms’ house, Samuel hill, is well known throughout the history of Florence when it comes to helping the abolitionist movement. He was known in public for helping the fugitive and run away slaves. He helped slaves all the way till 1853 where he then sold it to an ex-slave by the name of Basil Dorsey. Basil Dorsey had built a new house on the grounds but still kept the dream alive to help the abolitionist movement as well as helping traveling slaves that were trying to escape from there masters. One thing to take into account is the other fugitive slave William Wright, who was given land by Hill. The importance of William Wright is that he was the one to overtake the responsibilities of the Associations Silk business, founded the Nonotuck Silk Company, and financed the Florence Sewing Machine Company. Impressive credentials to say the least considering the time period and he was an fugitive slave, Wright and Hill later helped found several more organizations to fight for what they believe in, they were helping the abolitionist movement.
The importance of this article is great, this house in Florence, MA is a hotbed of historical information. When talking about how important this house was, people should consider the route those ex-slaves when they would go from NY, to Philadelphia, Hartford, and then Springfield. When taking this route, there is a great possibility that they had used the Ross Farm’s house. Overall this is an interesting story because of the fact that it was such an important landmark in a city that we are going to tour. The impact of Ross Farm’s on the rest of the abolitionist movement is important to recognize because of the fact that it was on a major route, and was famously known for its help with runaway slaves.