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My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I'm going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear?
--Paul Robeson

Southwestern Ohio Underground Railroad Sites and Resources

Harriet Beecher Stowe historical markerMany of these resources are easily accessible by students and their families or by class field trips. Because our region includes Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana, we have included resources from those areas that provide primary sources including artifacts from the Underground Railroad.

In addition to website links, contact information is given because some facilities are closed during certain weekdays while others are closed during the winter.

Arts Consortium African American Museum has a permanent exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal titled "Been Round Natty Town" in which visitors can find photos of African American life in Cincinnati.
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
513-345-3744
http://www.geocities.com/cincyarts/main.html

Behringer-Crawford Museum is housed within the Devou family home and is devoted to the natural and cultural heritage of Northern Kentucky. The museum includes artifacts from the Civil War, slavery and the Underground Railroad.
Devou Park
Covington, Kentucky 41011
859-491-4003

Benninghofen House is a restored Victorian mansion, built in 1861. It is home to the Butler County Historical Museum and contains 19th century furnishings and decorative arts.
327 North Second Street
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
513-893-9930
http://home.fuse.net/butlercountymuseum/

Bethel AME Church was founded in 1836, this church became a station for fugitive slaves.
414 West Vermont Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
317-634-7002
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/in1.htm

Buckingham Lodge began as a house was built prior to the Civil War and offers a glimpse into the lives and culture of landowners during that period.
8100 Given Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45243
513-891-1873
http://www.indianhill.org/History/Hist014.htm

Camp Dennison is an Ohio Civil War Museum and part of the Waldschmidt Homestead Historical Site. The home was built in 1804.
7567 Glendale-Milford Road (State Route 126)
Camp Dennison, Ohio 45111
513-831-0902
http://www.campdennison.org/

Dinsmore Homestead is a historic farmstead built in 1841-1842 and offers a glimpse into life on the farm during that era.
5656 Burlington Pike (Kentucky Highway 18)
Burlington,Kentucky 41005
859-586-6117
http://www.dinsmorefarm.org/

Freedom Time Tours is owned and operated by Jerry Gore, the great-great-grandson of Addison White, who is known as Ohio's most famous fugitive on the Underground Railroad. Gore and his wife, scholar Peggy Overly, take visitors on secret Underground Railroad trails around Maysville and Historic Old Washington in Kentucky and Ripley, Ohio.
P.O. Box 184
Morehead,Kentucky 40351
606-784-6848
http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/freedom.htm

Harriet Beecher Stowe HouseHarriet Beecher Stowe House was built by Lane Seminary to house its presidents and Harriet lived here when her husband was hired in that capacity. While here in Cincinnati, Stowe came across the inspiration for her book Uncle Tom's Cabin.
2950 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
513-221-7900
513-632-5120
http://www.ohiohistory.org/places/stowe/

Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum houses slavery artifacts. It is said that, while she was visiting the people who lived in this house, Stowe witnessed her first slave auction, an influence for her book Uncle Tom's Cabin.
P.O. Box 227
Washington, Kentucky 41096
606-564-9411
http://washingtonkentucky.com/museums/beecherstowe.html

John Parker HouseHeritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods features eleven buildings that illustrate nineteenth century life. At that location, visitors can see "Cincinnati's Runaway Slave," an interactive dramatization about fugitives in Cincinnati and their dangerous escape.
P.O. Box 62475
Cincinnati, Ohio 45262
513-563-9484
http://www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org/

John P. Parker House was the residence of John P. Parker, a former slave who moved to Ripley to establish his own foundry. While in Ripley, Parker became active in the Underground Railroad is risked his own life to help slaves to freedom.
300 Front Street
Ripley, Ohio 45167
937-392-4188
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/oh2.htm

John Rankin HouseJohn Rankin House was an important stop for slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad. From 1825 to 1865 the Rankin family and their neighbors sheltered thousands of slaves heading north to freedom.
6152 Rankin Road
Ripley, Ohio 45167
937-392-1627
http://www.ohiohistory.org/places/rankin/

Levi Coffin House provided not only a safe haven for escaping slaves, but also a place to rest. Every slave helped by the Coffin family reached freedom.
P.O. Box 77
Fountain City, Indiana 47341
765-847-2432
http://www.in.gov/ism/HistoricSites/LeviCoffin/Historic.asp

Levi Coffin HouseMuseum Center, formerly Mason County Museum is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, which links more than five hundred sites in twenty-eight states.
215 Sutton Street
Maysville, Kentucky 41056
606-564-5865
http://www.masoncountymuseum.org/

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center preserves African American history and culture from African origins to the present.
1350 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384
937-376-4944
http://www.ohiohistory.org/places/afroam/

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (opening summer 2004) uses exhibits, programs research and interactive experiences to teach and improve understanding about the struggle for freedom.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513-412-6900
http://www.freedomcenter.org/

National Underground Railroad Museum preserves and displays local artifacts that chronicle lives in slavery and on the Underground Railroad.
115 East Third Street
Maysville, Kentucky 41056
606-564-9411, ext. 314
http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/urmuseum.htm

Ripley Museum offers a look at the history and culture of Ripley, Ohio, the state's most famous stop on the Underground Railroad.
219 North Second Street
Ripley, Ohio 45167
937-392-4660
http://www.ripleymuseum.org/

Sharon Woods Village (see Heritage Village)
11450 Lebanon Pike
Sharonville, Ohio 45241
513-563-9484
http://www.heritagevillagecincinnati.org/

Taft Museum is the former home of Anna and Charles Taft. The home was built in 1820 and is the oldest domestic wooden structure in situ locally.
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513-241-0343
http://www.taftmuseum.org/

Warren County Historical Society Museum holds more than thirty exhibits containing artifacts from prehistoric eras to the 1830s and mid-twentieth century.
105 South Broadway
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
513-932-1817
http://www.wchsmuseum.com/museum.html

Wilder-Swaim House is now the home of the city of Montgomery Historical Society.
7650 Cooper Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
513-793-0515
http://www.ci.montgomery.oh.us/Explore_Montgomery/landmarks/land01.html
http://www.ci.montgomery.oh.us/Explore_Montgomery/landmarks/MHPA.htm

 

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