Underground Railroad was a human train that
did not run on rails.
Its "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 safe haven.
Because of its location just across the river from slaveholding
Several homes in the community were used
as safe houses for those escaping. Their
goal was to get to
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.
Our goal is to maintain the integrity of the home by honoring its original use of providing food and shelter to weary travelers.
We welcome you and your family with warm hearts and open arms!