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Milton House

Milton, Wisconsin


The Milton House illustrates the spread of abolition and its transformation from a moral to a political issue.

The founder of the town of Milton and proprietor of the Milton House, a small inn, was Joseph Goodrich, was one of many to leave the "Burned-over District" (areas spiritually charged by the Second Great Awakening) in western New York to settle in Wisconsin, taking the reform movement and its ideals westward.

The Milton House took the "underground" part of the Underground Railroad literally, as a subterranean tunnel connected a nearby cabin to the basement of Milton House. Freedom seekers entered the cabin and followed the passageway to refuge in the basement of Milton’s inn.

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