The Cartland site is significant both for the insight it offers into abolitionists and the UGRR; and for preserving the voice of one man who escaped from slavery. Records associated with the site dispel the assumption of abolitionism in New Hampshire as mere rhetoric. Moses Cartland was one of New Hampshire's premier rhetorical antislavery activists, but he took action as well. Cartland records provide documentation of the life of Oliver Gilbert and the Cartland's aid to other freedom seekers. Gilbert stayed at the site during the risky years following the Fugitive Slave Law. He escaped ca.1848 from Maryland, traveled through Pennsylvania to Boston. Helped in 1851 by William C. Nell in Boston, Gilbert visited the Cartland site ca.1852. He cooked for the household that included boarding students for Moses Cartland's school. Later in New York, he lectured on the slave hunt in Boston; was accused of thievery and chastised by Nell; and worked in the tourist industry in Saratoga Springs. Gilbert settled in Philadelphia where he taught music. His correspondence with the Cartland family opens a window into the life of a man who survived with the aid of black and white abolitionists and his own will to freedom.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: Cartland Rd, Lee, 03824
National Park Unit: Yes
Ownership: Timothy Earle
Location Type: Site
Religious Denominations: Quaker