Ross farm famously help the abolitionist movement

            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. 

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/ma8.htm

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6 Responses to Ross farm famously help the abolitionist movement

  1. 14ahw says:

    I like how this is very relative to our class because it could be used as a stopping point on our trip. I am wondering what kind of information specifically there would be in the Ross Farm that is relative for us? (I am sure there is a lot) It would have helped to know more about how the Ross Farm helped slaves instead of stating that they did help slaves.

  2. suffieldkid says:

    The precision of your facts, especially the part about the Silk Company and the Sewing Company, and the compact nature of this essay are both very impressive. I wonder if there is a record of this house in any slave narrative? I think knowing how the slaves got to the house would be helpful.

  3. Jack Frank says:

    Great job relating your research that we collected in class and on your on to Florence, MA. and our mission. Perhaps the language you used could be a little more formal a times. For example, instead of saying the topic, you could use descriptive wording to create a more interesting story. Do you think that the class should visit this house on a field trip?

  4. ahglennon says:

    I really liked the way you described how important this resource was for runaways, the distances they would travel just to visit to Ross Farm shows a lot. Do you think there is any direct correlation between the Ross Farm and Suffield? It would be interesting to see some information on the size of the silk industry in Florence, as I was not able to come across that in research of my own. Very nice job.

  5. 14dlw says:

    You did a very good job with relating what we have been working on in class and your own work for our field trip to Florence. Do you think the house would be a possible field trip location? Knowing exactly how the slaves got to the house would be helpful as well. Good job!

  6. BozotheClown says:

    Good work posting the link on where you got all your information from. It is good that you did in case anybody wants to do any further studying on the subject. Can you expand and search for some of the slaves that used the farm as a stopping point to see if any of them left information that could regard Suffield?

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