This historic New Hampshire home dates back to 1727 and is best known for the actions of one of its antebellum owners Moses Austin Cartland, who was a Quaker abolitionist who was outspoken against slavery. Cartland actively assisted enslaved persons who were fleeing from bondage, including his actions in 1848 offering sanctuary to Oliver Gilbert for around a year when he fled slave catchers who had tracked him to Boston. During that year, Oliver Gilbert helped cook for the students of Moses Cartland's school, and he later returned with family members to construct the stone wall that can still be viewed near the home. Following his stay at the Cartland House, Oliver Gilbert joined other formerly enslaved persons on a New England and mid-Atlantic lecture circuit, speaking to public audiences about the evils of slavery from his first-person experiences. The home is listed on the National Park Service's Underground Railroad Network to Freedom but is privately owned and not open to the public.
Backstory and Context
Fernald, Jody. Oliver Cromwell Gilbert: A Life, University of New Hampshire Scholars' Repository. January 1st 2014. Accessed June 8th 2021. https://scholars.unh.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1074&context=library_pub.
Reino, Roni. Going Back in Time: Years Later Woman Traces Steps of 1848 Slave Relative to Lee, Foster's Daily Democrat. May 12th 2011. Accessed June 8th 2021. https://www.fosters.com/article/20110505/gjnews_01/705059753.
Garvin, James L.. Notes on the Cartland House, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. June 24th 2007. Accessed June 8th 2021. https://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/publications/documents/cartlandhouse.pdf.