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Cyrus Griest Burial Site at Menallen Friends

Menallen Friends Meeting (Quakers) is the burial site of Adams County anti-slavery activist and Underground Railroad stationmaster Cyrus Griest (1803-1869). Griest, along with many of his family members buried at Menallen Meeting, were key supporters for freedom seekers passing through Adams County, Pennsylvania, along what has come to be called either the Central Route or the Southeastern Corridor of the Underground Railroad. Menallen Meeting was established in 1780 and worship began at the present site in about 1838. Griest's involvement in the Underground Railroad is established by his collaborative activity with other Quakers and formerly enslaved African Americans who, by the mid-19th century,owned property in the community. This Adams County group is estimated to have been responsible for secreting hundreds - perhaps as many as 1000 freedom seekers. Griest is also recorded as having worked to restore freedom to Kitty Payne, a manumitted slave and the mother of three, who lived in Adams County and who was kidnapped back to the South by agents of her former Virginia owners. Griest, along with fellow Quakers andAfrican American neighbors, gave testimony at the trial in Pennsylvania of her kidnapper in 1845. Griest was involved in raising money among Adams Countians for her trial in Virginia.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 1107 Carlisle Road, Biglerville, 17307

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National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Barclay Brooks

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: Kitty Payne

UGRR Operatives: Cyrus Griest