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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Peter Wentz Farmstead Selected as National Underground Railroad Historic Site

Peter Wentz Farmstead building

NORRISTOWN, PA – Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites announced today that Peter Wentz Farmstead has been officially recognized by the National Parks Service (NPS) as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program historic site. The Farmstead will be included on an NPS map of its national collection of 682 historical sites.
 
The Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program coordinates preservation and education efforts across the U.S. and integrates local historical places, museums, and interpretive programs associated with the Underground Railroad into a mosaic of community, regional and national stories. The NPS has expanded the definition of Underground Railroad to include sites, programs, and locations which illuminate the lives and experiences of enslaved people in America who sought liberation on their own terms. 

“I’m glad that these important stories are being told to amplify a more diverse and complete history of our County and to continue the conversation on race and equity,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. 

The Farm is being recognized by the program for the documented histories of enslaved people who sought and escaped to freedom from the farm in the 18th century. One of those slaves was Jack, who was captured after his first attempt to escape but eventually gained freedom on his second try. What happened to Jack following the escape is unknown.

“Black history is American history. The recognition of historic architecture such as the Peter Wentz Farmstead and the multisensory experience will help to educate future generations about Black history in our back yard and beyond,” said Kenneth E. Lawrence, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

Peter Wentz Farmstead offers a variety of in-person and virtual programs including hikes, walks, field trips, and zoom lessons. To learn more visit the Peter Wentz Farmstead events page

About Peter Wentz Farmstead
Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is a historic site that offers public indoor, outdoor and virtual historical and nature programs year round. Visitors can also walk the grounds and a trail along the Zacharias Creek, visit with farm animals, or tour the historic house by appointment. The Farmstead is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram

For more information, contact the Museum Educator Virginia Kopacki at vkopacki@montcopa.org.

Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco, kcofrancisco@montcopa.org

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