Underground Railroad was a human train that
did not run on rails.
"passengers" were runaway slaves
seeking freedom in the years leading to the
Civil War. "Conductors" included
enslaved and free blacks and abolitionist
whites who offered hiding places, clothing,
food and direction. "Stations"
were homes, churches and barns that provided
of its location just across the river from
evolved into a major route on the
Underground Railroad. One of the major
routes ran through the community of College
Hill along Hamilton Pike, now known as Hamilton Avenue
Several homes in the community were used
as safe houses for those escaping. Their
goal was to get to
it was not safe because of the Fugitive
Slave Laws of 1850. Runaways and
conductors know better than to stop on this
side of the river for fear of being captured
and taken back to the South.
between 1850 and 1860 by noted abolitionist
Zebulon Strong, this beautiful home has a
unique connection to the Underground
Railroad. Zebulon was a Quaker and a farmer.
Documents in the Ohio Historical Library
speak of him having a “false bottom” in
his farming wagon where he would pick up his
“passengers” along the Mill Creek which
runs along the side of property. He would
hide the runaways in the bottom of his wagon
and put his crops on the top and take them
up to the house for a safe respite before
moving them further up Hamilton Pike to the
next safe house along the route.
goal is to maintain the integrity of the
home by honoring its original use of
providing food and shelter to weary
welcome you and your family with warm hearts
and open arms!