As early as , Chester had an anti-slavery society, which numbered 60 members three years later. Here the homes of Ocamel Hutchinson and Asa Davis were havens for the seekers of freedom. Asa Davis settled in Chester in and married Mary Hosmer in For many years, they were members of the Congregational Church. Davis was a hatter by trade and joined the Liberty Party when it was organized.
I seem to recall Ken Barrett telling during a cemetery tour that Hutchinson was the minister at the Congregational Church and an abolitionist. I think Ken told us Hutchinson was run out of the church, perhaps for his abolitionist views? The cross-state line came out of the Albany and Troy, New York areas. This route brought fugitive slaves into the Battenkill River Valley. A distinctive thing about the houses that served as stations was a row of bricks around their chimney were painted white.
Slaves entering Vermont were told to look for these chimneys for safety. Another sign for fugitive slaves were black cast iron lawn jockeys holding a lantern. Today, people are offended by these lawn jockeys as being racist. They should be revered, not shunned. Excellent Very good Average 2. Poor 1. Terrible 1. Traveler type. Time of year. Language English. All languages.
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It was estimated that at any one time before the Civil War, to fugitive slaves lived in New Bedford.
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Nathan and Mary Johnson owned a confectionery store, several businesses and their home, a stop on the Underground Railroad. The two buildings are owned by the New Bedford Historical Society, and tours are available by appointment. Appointments must be made 48 hours in advance. To make an appointment, call On the Croydon Turnpike in Lebanon, N.
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The acre farm was owned by James Wood, a prosperous and industrious Quaker. Wood was a beekeeper, surveyor and hay dealer. Wood's involvement in the Underground Railroad was lightly documented. He was identified as the station keeper for New Hampshire's Hillsborough County. His journal from , uncovered by Steve Ristelli in a New Hampshire antique shop, uncovered additional details.
On June 1, , Wood noted: "A fugitive slave? There is little additional information about the fugitives helped by Wood. Historians say the slight mention suggests that Wood did not consider the event to be particularly unusual, and he probably helped others passing through. The Wood farm is not open to the public. The Chace house. Photo courtesy New York Public Library.
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Elizabeth Buffum Chace was a Quaker who belonged to old and distinguished Rhode Island families, but she was distrusted and shunned because of her ardent opposition to slavery. The clash over slavery was especially intense in Rhode Island.
Newport had been the largest slave market in New England, but the city was home to many Quakers who opposed slavery. She gave birth to 10 children, though the first five died. Her family would shutter the windows at their home in Valley Falls during the day when they were sheltering fugitives. She recalled in her memoirs how the Underground Railroad worked:. Slaves in Virginia would secure passage, either secretly or with consent of the captains, in small trading vessels at Norfolk or Portsmouth, and thus be brought into some port in New England, where their fate depended on the circumstances into which they happened to fall.
A few, landing at some towns on Cape Cod, would reach New Bedford, and thence be sent by an abolitionist there to Fall River, to be sheltered by Nathaniel B. Borden and his wife, who was my sister Sarah, and sent by them to my home at Valley Falls, in the darkness of night, and in a closed carriage. The National Park Service, though, offers a walking tour of the area that features a historic park, train station, post office and mill buildings.