Ohio's Underground Railroad Stations
Travel the state's underground railroad!
* denotes an Ohio History Connection site included with membership
For more Underground Railroad Sites in Ohio, check out remarkableohio.org and search "underground railroad" for historical markers!
Discover additional Underground Railroad History at:
The Network to Freedom Sites in Ohio (link: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/undergroundrailroad/ntf-listings.htm)
Clermont County Ohio Freedom Trail (Link: https://discoverclermont.com/freedomtrail/)
This house was home to Harriet Beecher before her marriage to Calvin Stowe in 1836, and to her father, Rev. Lyman Beecher, and his large family, a prolific group of religious leaders, educators, writers and antislavery and women's rights advocates.
Built in 1825, the Rankin House was home to abolitionist and Presbyterian minister John Rankin, his wife Jean, and their 13 children.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as a monument to freedom bringing to life the importance - and relevance - of struggles for freedom around the world, throughout history and today.
Nestled between Big Indian Creek and the Ohio River sits the small white house where Grant’s mother, Hannah Simpson Grant, gave birth with the aid of Dr. John Rogers, to the little boy who would become the 18th President of the United States. The future president lived here in Point Pleasant for less than a year, as his family moved to Georgetown one month before his first birthday. Today the birthplace is furnished with items that once belonged to Grant as well as other period items. The birthplace is open and available for tours April through September, Wed.-Sat., 10:00am-5:00pm and Sun., 1:00-5:00pm.
Tour the first Quaker yearly meeting house west of the Alleghenies. Designed by Rev. Jacob Ong and completed in 1814, it served as a gathering place for Quakers from a large region and was the center of Mount Pleasant, Ohio, a largely Quaker community that was important in the antislavery movement. During your visit, speak from the balcony to your tour guide on the first floor to hear and fully appreciate the acoustics. Average visit time: Allow 30 minutes
In the years following the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, a number of prominent citizens in Cincinnati were active in securing the freedom of individuals who were escaping enslavement in the South. This act mandated the use of commissioner courts to verify if identified individuals were escaped freedom seekers before they would be removed to the South and into slavery. Rutherford B. Hayes worked within this system on two known occasions in defense of those accused of escaping enslavement. In both cases, those individuals found their freedom.
The home where the Hanby family lived from 1853–1870, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains furniture and personal items from the Hanby family, including a walnut desk made by Benjamin Hanby, original plates for the first edition of Benjamin Hanby’s song Darling Nelly Gray and a large collection of sheet music and books.
2022 Theme: "Emancipation: Overcoming the Chains that Bind"
The Underground Railroad trolley tour takes passengers back in time to the year 1856. Following the sharing of many stories, the travelers will return to the twenty-first century with a better understanding of the plight of slaves, the working of the Underground Railroad, and the abolitionist movement that flourished in Salem prior to the Civil War
The Underground Railroad Museum features an extensive collection of publications, books, memorabilia and other articles. The exhibits portray what is known about slavery and the Underground Railroad in Ohio, and presents an understanding of the culture in the 1800's.
Prospect Place, also known as the George Willison Adams House, was built in 1857 by the railroad president and one time member of the Ohio General Assembly. The Adams house was used as a station on the Underground Railroad to help runaway slaves find their freedom in the 1860s. Currently being restored, tours of the property as well as special “ghost” tours are available.
The Putnam UGRR Interpretive Center opened on May 1, 2019, in the Stone Academy Historic Site and Museum. The Interpretive Center features a new museum exhibit, a resource library, and an on-going research component. Off-site programs about local UGRR and Abolitionist activity are available free of charge to civic and community groups.
Trailblazers, Freedom Seekers& Abolitionists! Their stories are the story of the Haines House... an almost two-century-old home where the seminal struggle for American social justice took shape among the pioneers of the Ohio heartland.
Spring Hill farm was settled by prominent New England Quakers, Thomas and Charity Rotch in 1811, and was later inhabited by the Wales family for three generations (1830-1973). Guests can tour the property and discover its unique features, artifacts, furnishings and history.
Step back in time and immerse yourself in the Victorian Era through the eyes of the Kelton family. Built in 1852, this historic landmark incorporates elements of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles and was part of the Underground Railroad.
Tours of Harveysburg Free Black School are by appointment only.
Welcome to the very first free school in Ohio for African-American children. The town was a once renowned stop along the Underground Railroad. The one-room schoolhouse was founded in the 1830s by the Quakers and was recently restored to reflect its former self as a nineteenth-century classroom. In addition to providing education to young freed slaves, the school also taught Native-American children in the area.
This home, built by William and Katharine Hubbard about 1841, served as a northern terminus, or end point, of the Underground Railroad.
Famous in the history of the abolitionist movement, this office at one time served both Joshua R. Giddings and his friend and colleague, Benjamin F. Wade. Both were elected to Congress and spent their careers as outspoken opponents of slavery.
The Old Tavern in Unionville, Ohio is recognized as Ohio's oldest surviving Tavern. The building has stood for over 220 years and served as a destination and gathering hub in northeast Ohio. Most notably, The Old Tavern is a documented site on the Underground Railroad.
Tour with the Oberlin Heritage Center to learn about Oberlin’s rich history, including its important role in the Underground Railroad, educational integration, women's education, the temperance and missionary movements, and scientific invention.