Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Visit The Grand Central Station Of The Underground Railroad

Here is a side trip worth taking. The Levi Coffin house was built in 1839 in Newport (now Fountain City) by the coffin family. Levi was a Quaker businessman who moved from North Carolina to Indiana in 1826 because he and his wife Catharine opposed slavery. This house was built with hiding places to conceal people who were escaping slavery.

Levi sold goods that were “free-labor” meaning that they were not produced using slave labor. After living in this house and assisting more than 2000 slaves to freedom, they moved to Cincinnati and aided another 1300 to freedom. All the people the Coffins helped were never re-captured. From Richmond, Indiana, take highway 27 north to Fountain City. The house is on highway 27 in the center of town. There is no designated RV parking at this historic site, but you can park on the street in front of the house for 30 minutes. The house tours are only open to the public from June 1 through August 31. Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.

On the way, be sure to stop at the Amish deli and bakery, “Fountain Acres Foods” which will be on your right hand side just before you get to Fountain City. Here you will find wonderful baked goods and an interesting view of Amish culture.
You may want to pick up a shoo-fly pie or some of those mouth watering chocolate chip cookies, in fact I recommend you buy several packages because they go fast! Jim Twamley

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