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Hart and Mary Leavitt House

The nominated element is a building – the Hart and Mary Leavitt house of Charlemont, Massachusetts. Throughout its history a private home, the site was from 1840 until his death, the home of Hart Leavitt (1808 - 1881). Written history of Wilbur Seibert references private letters that indicate Hart Leavitt was an operator on the Underground Railroad, and received runaway slaves at his home, assisting their safe passage to freedom. Other members of the Leavitt family were also active in the abolition movement. Father Roger Leavitt, was a wealthy landowner, active in public service, and an ardent abolitionist. Roger Hooker Leavitt, a brother, also of Charlemont, provided a home for 5 years to Basil Dorsey, a runaway slave who came to Charlemont through abolitionist connections sometime around 1838. Another brother Joshua Leavitt of New York, was editor of the New York and then Boston based abolitionist publication, the Emancipator, and also assisted the passage of Basil Dorsey to Charlemont. The Leavitt family played a significant but by no means solitary role in the active anti-slavery movement in the Town of Charlemont and Franklin County.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: 1593 Mohawk Trail, Route 2, Charlemont, 01339

National Park Unit: Yes

Ownership: Patricia Brennan

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: Basil Dorsey

UGRR Operatives: Hart and Mary Leavitt