Founded by Hope Dennis (1906-2006) and M. Denise Dennis in 2001, the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, a non-profit 501(c)(3), was established to:
- Preserve a unique and beautiful historical site
- Conserve its natural resources
- Open the grounds to tourists and
- Develop the site into an educational and cultural resource.
Located in the scenic Endless Mountains of Susquehanna County, Northeast Pennsylvania, the 200+ year-old, 153-acre Dennis Farm was originally purchased and settled by the family of Prince Perkins and his wife, Judith, free African Americans who, in 1793, arrived in the region from Connecticut with the first wave of settlement following the American Revolution.
The Perkins descendants, the Dennis Family, have retained ownership of the property into the twenty-first century, although it hasn’t been a working farm since the early twentieth century. The history of the Perkins-Dennis Family, from colonial New England to the present is fully documented.
The Dennis Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features:
- The exquisite stonewall enclosed Perkins-Dennis Cemetery where veterans of the American Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War are resting
- The original Prince Perkins Homestead Site
- A mile network of stonewalls built throughout the 19th century
- The Dennis Farmhouse (b. circa 1825) to be transformed to a museum
- The stonewall remains of the Barn Complex
- According to local oral history, the Dennis Farm was a station on the Underground Railroad