Peter Mott House

The Peter Mott House is a window into the home of a mid-19th century freedom fighter who used his home as respite for the Enslaved fleeing North to freedom along the Underground Railroad.

Artwork of The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad:
It Takes a Village

The Underground Railroad was an informal association of people and locations providing transportation, food, shelter, clothing for the enslaved escaping the antebellum South.

The Road to Freedom

US Negro Population, 1790-1890 from the 1940 Paris Expo
Credit: Library of Congress
The road to freedom for those African Americans risking their lives was a journey of bravery and courage.
They were forced to leave behind any family they may have had on the plantations and farms where they were enslaved - to strike it out their own.
The trip ahead of them would have been completely unknown. They would be forced to place their lives into the hands of perfect strangers for food, clothing, shelter and protection all the way.
Without the kindness of strangers, such as Peter Mott, his wife Elizabeth and communities like Snow Hill, the journey would be almost impossible to complete.
Learn how people like Peter & Elizabeth Mott aided the enslaved along their journeys to freedom.
Learn how people like Peter & Elizabeth Mott aided the enslaved along their journeys to freedom.
Vintage Flyer Cautioning Colored People to Beware of Slave Catchers
Credit: Library of Congress

Hiding In Plain Sight

According to researchers with the National Park Service, “Free Haven was developed in 1840 by Ralph Smith, a white abolitionist who was the first Secretary of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee, an antislavery organization founded in 1838.


bounty hunters

Hear about the notorious Georgio Alberti as he terrorized the Northern and New England states searching for runaway slaves, fugitives and swooping up innocent freed Blacks through cronyism, nepotism and jealousy.

Credit: Library of Congress

Join us this Fall for our upcoming 31st Anniversary Celebration of Lawnside Historical Society and the Peter Mott House Historical Marker & Sign Dedication!

Upcoming Events

Oct 14
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Lawnside Historical Society Meeting
Oct 23
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
"Lawnside" The Musical Play
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