George and Susan Hillard House

  • Address: 62 Pinckney St
  • Vicinity: Anderson St
  • Neighborhood of Beacon Hill in Boston
  • Type: Townhouse
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The George and Susan Hillard lived here from the early 1840s until the 1870s. George Hillard was a law partner of Charles Sumner.

George Hillard was a federal commissioner and in 1850 this meant that he had to uphold the new Fugitive Slave Law by issuing arrest warrants to slave catchers. This law, which did not allow the accused to speak in their own defense, put all African Americans in Boston in jeopardy. Anyone, it seemed, could be kidnapped and taken down into southern slavery. However, Susan Hillard was hiding known fugitive slaves in their home during these very same years, and in full knowledge and plain view of her husband. Whatever his position on national politics, George Hillard was sympathetic to self-emancipated slaves and was a proponent of racial equality, especially in education. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1846/00/00 Gridley J F Bryant Architect 62 Pinckney Street is built in 1846 or possibly as early as 1835.
1850/00/00 George Stillman Hillard Home George and Susan Hillard live at 62 Pinckney Street from the early 1840s until the 1870s.
1850/00/00 Susan Howe Hillard Abolitionist Ellen Craft is in the protection of the Hillards while slave catchers search Boston for her and her husband. Ellen and William Craft Run for Freedom
1853/00/00 Harriet Beecher Stowe Visitor Harriet Beecher Stowe visits the Hillards at 62 Pinckney St. She also made visits to 3 Smith Court and Holmes Alley.
1855/00/00 Susan Howe Hillard Abolitionist At least five fugitive slaves reside in the Hillard home between 1855 and 1858.

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Particulars for George and Susan Hillard House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling
Crime Slavery
Building Style Townhouse

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