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Riverview Farm Site

Riverview Farm, a farm of about 284 acres in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, was the location that set the ardently anti-slavery course of the life of young Thomas Garret, Jr. who became one of the most important links in the network of Underground Railroad operatives in the Delaware Valley. At his parent's farm, Riverview was where he came face to face with the tenuous existence of African Americans living under the oppresive slave system when a free African-American woman in the employ of the household was kidnapped to be sold into slavery. His participation in her rescue set him on a path to actively change the slave system by assisting over 2,700 individuals seeking freedom through the Underground Railroad from his base in Delaware. At the death of their father in 1839, Riverview Farm developed as stations on the Underground Railroad during the tenure of Thomas Garrett's brothers Isaac Price Garrett and Edward Garrett who inherited Riverview Farm and split it into two farms, Cleveland Farm owned by Edward Garrett and Fernland Farm owned by Isaac Price Garrett. Two other Garrett brothers Philip living with Edward and Samuel were also active on the Underground Railroad in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. (Riverview Farm is now part of Arlington Cemetery)

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State rd, Drexel Hill, 19026

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Gary Buss

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Thomas Garrett

Religious Denominations: Quaker