About Sojourn Heritage
Leave the beaten path and occasionally dive into heritage. Follow that path, explore around its corners as it welcomes you in. Before you realize…you will have discovered something worth sharing. Something that will expand your mind and tap into your own unique identity. After all, quality experiences come when we choose to become Sojourners of life.
Imagine traveling to a place where nestled in the warmth of first-class amenities,
history and culture surround you. Explore our communities and neighborhoods through the lens of the past while enjoying art, food, and music all created to tantalize you and enhance your experience.
We are a unique brand of boutique hotels focused on sharing the rich African American history and culture of the communities where we are located. Our goal is to bring you an experience that will not only tap into your soul but by bringing history to life but tap into your senses through our incredible design style and tantalizing food choices.
Welcome to the Sojourn’s Collection of Heritage Accommodations
● We succeed only when we meet and exceed the expectations of our customers, owners and shareholders.
● We have a passion for excellence and will deliver the highest.
standards of hospitality and integrity in the industry.
● We celebrate the diversity of people, ideas and cultures.
● We honor the dignity and value of individuals working as a team.
● We improve the communities in which we work.
● We encourage innovation, accept accountability, and embrace change.
● We seek knowledge and growth through learning from our customers and their rich lives and cultures.
● We share a sense of urgency, nimbleness, and endeavor to have fun too!
The 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 slave holding Kentucky , Ohio 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 Canada because although Ohio was a free state 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.
Built 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!