Underground Railroad – August 1-2, 2017
Journey to Freedom
Tuesday, August 1 – Wednesday, August 2, 2017
$239 per person double
$219 per person triple
$209 per person quad
$299 per person single
Includes round trip motor coach transportation, 1 night lodging (2) meals 1 breakfast & 1 lunch, admissions per itinerary, taxes, and Imperial escort.
Depart Lafayette at 7:00 am, Lebanon at 7:30 am, and Indianapolis at 8:00 am
Recognized as probably the most traveled route to freedom, thousands of runaway slaves passed through Newport (Fountain City), Cincinnati, and Warren County on the Underground Railroad. Join us for a 2-day journey back in time to discover some of the secret stops along the trail.
Our journey begins with a tour of the Levi Coffin House located in Fountain City, Indiana. The eight-room Federal style brick home became a safe haven for slaves on their journey to Canada. The owners Levi and Catharine Coffin were legendary in helping many former slaves escape to freedom in the North. We continue our travels to Springboro, Ohio where a local guide will join us for a tour. Springboro is believed to have been the most traveled area in Ohio for runaway slaves. There are 27 documented saf
e houses, where secret nooks and tunnels hid runaways from bounty hunters. We visit the Null Cabin, the oldest on-site log cabin in the country.
The next morning, we visit The Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio where more than 2,000 slaves climbed the “Stairway to Liberty” from the Ohio River to their home. We will also tour The Parker House, home to African-American abolitionist, John Parker. He is credited with assisting virtually hundreds of slaves to make their way north to freedom through his Front Street home. Enjoy lunch st Cohearts River House, known for it’s charming ambiance, scenic river view, and American cuisine. Our last stop is the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a three-pavilion, 158,000 square-feet learning center in Cincinnati. The Freedom Center brings to life the historic struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, the center includes an authentic two-story slave pen and state-of-the-art film and multimedia experiences.