UGRR Highlights - Section 4: Milford, OH to Erie, PA

Waynesville, OH

Springboro, OH

  • Springboro — Settled by Quakers and home to over 17 Underground Railroad sites. Call the Historical Society 937-748-0916 for a historic walking tour brochure.
  • Wright House Bed & Breakfast — Home to Springfield's founding father displays authentic slave hiding place and slave artifacts. Call 937-748-0801 to set up a tour.

Xenia, OH

  • Monroe House and the city of Xenia — This town is more than just a bike trail hub.

Wilberforce, OH

Greene County, OH

Columbus, OH

Mt. Vernon, OH

Massillon, OH

  • Spring Hill Historic Home was the home of the Rotch-Wales families from 1821-1973. In the 1820s, the house was used as a station on the Underground Railroad, assisting freedom seekers as they moved north.

Peninsula, OH

Hudson, OH

  • Hudson is home to as many as 19 known Underground Railroad Sites. Download a list of sites from the Hudson Library and Historical Society archives.
  • First Congregational Church was founded by David Hudson. The church split and Owen Brown, John Brown’s father, founded the Free Congregational Church in Hudson. After the Civil War the two churches joined together again.

Burton, OH

  • Century Village has a collection of historic 100+ year old buildings owned and preserved by the Geauga County Historical Society. Take a walk and enjoy.

Jefferson, OH

  • Joshua R. Giddings Law Office* and museum. Open by appointment. U.S. Congressman Giddings was forced to resign after he was censured for speaking on behalf of slaves who mutinied while being transported. Jefferson is off route about 5 miles east of Austinburg, OH.

Ashtabula, OH

Girard, PA

  • Hazel Kibler Museum  at 522 E. Main St. This museum features exhibits showcasing local Underground Railroad sites. Also visit nearby Universalist Church, a station on the Underground Railroad. Call 814-774-3653 for directions and more information.  Girard is off route about 2 miles south of Lake City, PA.

Erie, PA

  • St. James AME Church. This is the oldest African American church in the city. It was organized in 1874. 814-456-4011.
  • The Erie Maritime Museum & U.S. BRIG NIAGARA focuses on the role of African Americans in the battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

* Denotes a site not listed on the map.