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On the Trail To Freedom in Lorain County

The Underground Railroad Tour—“On the Trail To Freedom” – is designed to show participants that Lorain County, Ohio, particularly the community of Oberlin, played a significant role in the abolitionist movement of the pre-Civil War era and included Stations 98, 99, and 100 on the Underground Railroad. Many freedom seekers passed through Lorain County in their search for the “Promised Land” in Canada until about 1861. Lorain County provided a direct route to Lake Erie, as the northern part of the county borders Lake Erie’s central basin. However, rather than move on to Canada, many of these freedom seekers felt so safe in the little town of Oberlin that they decided to stay. They lived out their lives in peace among the safe confines of the town, some becoming anti-slavery activists and others being educated at Oberlin College. Because of the commitment of Oberlin’s abolitionists, no freedom seekers were ever caught in the town and returned to bondage. This tour is the only program of its kind that celebrates Oberlin’s proud heritage, with stops at all the major locations that represent the city’s many contributions to abolitionism and the Underground Railroad.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Lorain County Visitors Bureau, 8025 Leavitt Road, Amherst, 44001-2711

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Patricia Cano, Exec. Director

Location Type: Program