Cyrus Gates Farmstead - Maine, New York
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ripraff
N 42° 14.866 W 076° 02.738
18T E 413739 N 4677815
Quick Description: Gates, Cyrus, Farmstead was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 3/25/2015 10:26:15 AM
Waymark Code: WMNJX3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Wikipedia: "The Cyrus Gates Farmstead is located in Maine, New York. Cyrus Gates was a cartographer and map maker for New York State, as well as an abolitionist. The great granddaughter of Cyrus-Louise Gates-Gunsalus has stated that from 1848 until the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, the Cyrus Gates Farmstead was a station or stop on the Underground Railroad. Its owners, Cyrus and Arabella Gates, were outspoken abolitionists as well as active and vital members of their community. Historian Shirley L. Woodward states that through those years escaped slaves came through the Gates' station.

One runaway female slave, a 16-year-old girl named Margaret "Marge" Cruizer was so comfortable with the Gates family that she decided to stay at their station and live with them. Marge ended up spending the rest of her life with the Gates' and is buried in the cemetery next to the house. (Woodward 1973 pp 52-53). Margaret was also known as the wife of Thomas "Old Bay Tom" Crocker. Mr. Crocker was famous for being the first African-American to be elected as mayor of Binghamton, New York, albeit a protest vote that was reversed in the election of 1872. (Smith 2014)."
10-17 Old Newark Road
Maine, NY USA

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Open to the public?: Private

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