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Slocum and Hannah Howland House

Home of Quakers Slocum and Hannah Howland, this house was one of the most active Underground Railroad way stations in central New York, receiving freedom seekers from the Fussells in southeastern Pennsylvania. Howland was economically prosperous, owning a general store, port facilities on Cayuga Lake, and tenant houses. He helped freedom seekers escape to Canada and also helped at least four African American families settle locally. He sold land in Sherwood to Herman and Hannah Phillips and their four children, who came from Maryland in 1843. Thomas Hart (who carried a written pass, still extant, to Howland in 1840) settled nearby in Aurora. Jerome Grieger (who reported his birthplace variously as South Carolina, Spain, and unknown) worked for Howland at his docks on Cayuga Lake. And Richard and Mary Gaskin lived on a local farm. Richard Gaskin later joined the North Street Quaker meeting with the Howlands. Howland worked closely with William Lloyd Garrison and the American Anti-Slavery Society. His only daughter, Emily Howland, taught at Mytilla Miner’s school for African Americans in Washington, D.C., and, with Slocum’s help, established schools in Virginia for freed people of color.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: 1781 Sherwood Road, Sherwood, Cayuga, 13147

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Fay Rood

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Slocum Howland

Religious Denominations: Quaker