Peters House Nominated for Inclusion in Connecticut Freedom Trail
In a recently discovered letter, the Hebron Historical Society was notified that the Amistad Committee was interested in including the Peters House among the sites noted on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. The letter, unfortunately, came during a time when Donna McCalla was away from Connecticut and was effectively "lost" in a pile of mail. It was discovered in December 2007.
The Society attended a Hebron Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on December 11, 2007, and a Board of Selectmen on December 20, 2007, to inform these public officials of this wonderful opportunity to include Hebron's history in the Connecticut Freedom Trail. Only 42 of Connecticut's 169 towns have been honored with this designation, and only 100 sites have attained this prestigious recognition.
The Connecticut Freedom Trail Strategic Plan, commissioned by the History Division of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and adapted on December 5, 2007, notes on page 11 the significance of the future of the Peters House:
"The current controversy surrounding the pending sale of the historic Peters House in Hebron underscored for the committee one of the most urgent issues facing the Freedom Trail. As mentioned above, the majority of Freedom Trail sites are currently in private ownership, and many have little or no protection from distraction or drastic modification by their owners."
Stay tuned for future updates on this important designation for the Peters House and the history of the abduction, rescue and eventual emancipation of the slaves, Cesar and Lowis Peters and their eight children.