Underground Railroad- August 5 – 6, 2020
Journey to Freedom
WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY
AUGUST 5 – 6, 2020
Depart Lafayette 7:00AM, Lebanon 7:30 AM and Indianapolis 8:00 AM.
Includes motorcoach transportation, 1 night lodging, 2 meals (1 breakfast & 1 lunch), admissions per itinerary and Imperial Escort.
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 safe 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 2000 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 at Cohearts River House, known for its 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.