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This is the approximate location of the original site of the Northampton Water Cure, established by David Ruggles, one of the great unsung heros of the UGRR. Ruggles, while in NYC, helped over 600 fugitive slaves to freedom, including Frederick Douglass. By the time of Ruggles’ death in 1849, the water cure had become one of the largest enterprises in Florence. The house was moved to its current location at 47 Florence Road not long afterwards.

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