The Dorsey-Jones House was the home of two escaped slaves, Basil Dorsey (1810-1872) and Thomas H. Jones (1806-1890). The escapes of both men were well known in their own time, and both stopped for a time in this small Massachusetts community, which was a haven for those escaping through the assistance of the Underground Railroad. Basil Dorsey built the house himself around 1850 and bought his freedom while he lived here. Thomas Jones purchased the freedom of his wife, Mary, but could not afford to buy freedom for himself or for all her children. When he learned that her children were going to be taken from her, he escaped north to earn money as a preacher and eventually saved them. Mary bought the house from Basil Dorsey, and the Jones family lived here, reunited, for a short time. The Dorsey-Jones House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 2005.
Photo: Dorsey-Jones House
– Courtesy David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History and UGRR Studies/Steve Strimer