The Corbit-Sharp House in Odessa, Delaware was the home of a noted Underground Railroad sympathizer and was the site of a close-call on the Underground Railroad described in a later-in-life reminiscence of a child of the family. A freedom seeker named Sam asked for and received refuge from a quickly pursuing sheriff. The urgency of the situation is documented in a vivid account given by Mary Corbit Warner, the fourth child of prominent Quakers Daniel and Mary C. Corbit, in a speech to the Delaware Chapter of the Colonial Dames of America in 1914. According to Mary's account, her father was away from the home when Sam arrived at the back door seeking aid. Her mother quickly decided to hide Sam in a small eave closet in the attic accessed only by a very small door. The pursuing sheriff requested to examine the house for the fugitive. Mrs. Corbit toured him through looking in every room. Access to the eave closet was not requested, as the young girl recalled, because he commented it was too small to hide the man he sought. Mary's father had a repution for being willing to assit freedom seekers as noted in Still's 1872 book, "The Underground Railroad."
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: SW corner of Main & Second Streets, Odessa, 19730
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Deborah Buckson
Location Type: Site