Tour 1 VisitsDowntown Wheeling - At 10th and Market Streets, the original site of the Slave Auction Block that was featured in the book Bonnie Belmont by Judge John S. Cochran. The book was first published in 1907. Other stops in Wheeling will be led by the Wheeling Historical Society.
Martins Ferry - (Formerly known as Martinsville) The Walnut Grove Cemetery, the final resting place for Betty Zane, the heroine of Fort Henry will be visited. The site features the Joel Wood House where fugitive slaves frequently sought shelter and were assisted to freedom. Another stop is the Jacob Van Pelt house, located on the hill west of and in full view of Martins Ferry. It was the first station of the Underground Railroad west of the Ohio River in Ohio. The Martins Ferry Historical Society will also host a stop at the Sedgwick Museum.
Mount Pleasant - The Friends Yearly Meeting House, built in 1814, was the first yearly meeting house west of the Alleghenies. The Quakers in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio provided leadership for the anti-slavery movement. As early as 1816, they were harboring and assisting escaped slaves. Publications such as Charles Osborn's Philanthropist and Benjamin Lundy's Genius of Universal Emancipation were written here. In 1837, the third annual convention of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society was held in Mt Pleasant. The Quakers, in 1848, established the Free Labor Store in which no products of slave labor were permitted to be sold.
Tour 2 Visits
Smithfield - The Village of McIntry and the site of the Schaffer Chapel A.M.E Church. In 1829 Nathaniel Benford of Charles City, Charles County, Virginia, liberated seven black families and sent them here and they founded the Village of McIntry.
Cadiz - Cadiz was the home of John Bingham, the prosecutor of the Lincoln Conspirators. Bingham proposed a resolution at the 1848 National Whig Party Convention that eliminated slaves and slave states. The Cadiz area was also home to Edwin McMasters Stanton, General George Armstrong Custer and Methodist Bishop Matthew B. Simpson, spiritual advisor to President Lincoln.
Hopedale - Pearl Shelton will moderate as the tour travels through Hopedale. The visits will include a visit with Charles "Bud" Fry, historian and author of the the Civil War books, The Generals of Belmont County and The Civil War in Eastern Ohio.
Tour 3 Visits
New Athens - A stop will include the site of Franklin College, an educational facility before and during the Civil War.
Flushing - Home of the Underground Railroad Museum, the Jacob Holloway House and the Negro Methodist School and Church. A stop will include the site of Franklin College, an educational facility before and during the Civil War.
Morristown - One stop will include the Black Horse Tavern, an overnight stop by travelers using the National Road. The tour will also include a visit to Barkcamp State Park to view the monument dedicated to Confederate General Bushrod Rust Johnson, who was born in the area.
Barnesville - Barnesville is home to the Olney Friends Boarding School. The tour will also travel south to the Black A.M.E. Church Cemetery and the Captina African Methodist Cemetery, burial places of many slaves.
St. Clairsville - The tour will include a drive-by of the home of Benjamin Lundy, a famous abolitionist.
The virtual tour allows the visitor to take a virtual tour of the museum.
Tours 1, 2 and 3 all include a visit to the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing.
The Underground Railroad Tour is a 4.5 to 5 hour event. From whence we came is an experience retracing historical sites in the Ohio Valley. We can customize this tour regarding the Underground Railroad History. The tour normally starts in Wheeling, WV at 10th and Market Street at the sites of the Market House and Town Hall where slaves were brought and sold. The tour then extends across the Ohio River to Martins Ferry. This is the Underground Railroad route to Mt. Pleasant.
There is a teacher's packet available to you that can be used prior to or as a follow-up to the tour. Your tour will include a stop in Flushing, Ohio, home of the Underground Railroad Museum. On the day of the tour, the conductor will arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
For groups wishing to bring a little bit of history into their classroom, scout troop or other organization, the traveling trunk program is an excellent resource. The traveling trunk is like a mini-museum, containing a variety of "hands-on" objects and an extensive collection of publications, memorabilia and other articles. Also, we have a story stick that tells the history of slavery.