This below posting came from a news release.
Lyman Orchards is known throughout Connecticut and the region for its sprawling acres of orchards, wholesome New England outdoor fun, world class golf and its famous apple pies.
But did you know that members of the Lyman Family were staunch abolitionists and published, at their own risk, their views in the local newspaper?
In 1850, William Lyman, his son David, his son-in-law James Dickinson and three other men wrote a scathing rebuke of the Fugitive Slave Law published in the October 29th edition of the Sentinel and Witness newspaper, in which they publicly declared the Lyman Family’s disdain for the institution of slavery and their unwillingness to turn in run-away slaves to authorities.
At the time, these men were willing to risk the loss of their property, livelihood, personal freedom and financial security to take a public stand on what they considered sacred religious and moral principles.
On Saturday Sept. 7, Connecticut’s Department of Economic & Community Development and the Commission of Culture & Tourism, along with representatives from the Connecticut Freedom Trail, will officially welcome Lyman Orchards to the Connecticut Freedom Trail. Noted Connecticut Historian, Diana McCain, will talk about the events of the Lyman Family and why its addition to the Freedom Trail is important.