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Black History: Plymouth Home Possible Link To Underground Railroad

Efforts are underway to save a house in disrepair near the Plymouth waterfront in Washington County that may have played an important role in the pathway to freedom for slaves.

Experts say what lies beneath 302 West Main Street was likely a stop on the underground railroad. Harry Thompson restores historic homes for the state and says, "This house was developed as a stop on the underground railroad and the slaves would hide out in the basement of this house until the Armsteads, a New England family of a shippers and abolitionists, had a ship leaving to go back to New England then they had a tunnel built from this house to the river. Slaves went down that tunnel, jumped on the ship, threw the ropes off and were gone in 15 minutes."

Will Oliver with the Main Street Committee says they hope to preserve the house and turn it into a museum.

Those efforts may have gotten a boost with the recent visit from Carl Westmoreland, the senior historian with the National Underground Railroad Foundation in Ohio.


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