Restore Cleveland Hope Underground Railroad Walking Tour of University Circle
Join Restore Cleveland Hope historian Wrean Feibig on a tour of the Underground Railroad sites in University Circle.
We begin at the grindstone from Samuel Cozad's gristmill, near Wade Park Lagoon and the CMA. It is one of only two artifacts that remain from pioneer and pre-Civil War era in University Circle. The other is the 1853 portion of the Cozad-Bates House on Mayfield Road.
The rich and largely hidden history of the area comes to life through Wrean’s stories and your imagination. She will fill in the houses, barns, fields, churches, and businesses of the pioneer Cozad family - Samuel, Jr., and his sons as well as the family of abolitionist Cyrus Ford. Special attention will be given to stories about both families' anti-slavery sentiments and their active role in the local illegal Underground Railroad. The stroll takes about two hours and includes the newly developed grounds of the Cozad-Bates House; no stairs.
Freedom seekers had to travel silently in the darkness of night watching the North Star. It was a dangerous escape into the unknown, and still they left.
By appointment only.
Donation to RCH requested.
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