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 Abolitionist Meeting
Meetings such as the one pictured here were common at Nook Farm. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.


Many of the Nook Farm neighbors were abolitionists and active in the anti-slavery movement. Francis Gillette's barn was used as a station in the Underground Railway, and he was elected to the U.S. Senate on the Free Soil ticket. John Hooker was an outspoken abolitionist, and Joseph Hawley helped organize the Republican Party in Connecticut, which supported Abraham Lincoln.

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