Samuel L. Hill’s House 15

Abolitionist, Underground Railroad agent, and community builder Samuel Hill was the father of many local Florence institutions.

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Samuel I Hill

The south wing of the house at 29-33 Maple Street was built by Samuel L. Hill in 1845. Hill was Treasurer of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry and founder of the Nonotuck Silk Company. His son, Arthur G. Hill, born at the Ross Homestead, remembered fugitive slaves staying here for the night and riding with his father to Cummington or Whately, nearby stops on the Underground Railroad. Samuel Hill is also remembered for establishing what would become the Florence Savings Bank, the Florence Kindergarten (now the Hill Institute), and the Lilly Library.

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