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Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House and Cemetery


The Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House is located on

Main Street , Delaware State Route 299 on the western edge of Odessa , New Castle County , Delaware .  The small building is set at the back of a deep lot at the edge of farm fields and is surrounded by a cemetery with many unmarked burials and some with simple headstones.  Tradition has passed down in Odessa that the meeting house was used as a station on the Underground Railroad.  Whether freedomseekers were hidden here or not, the property is associated with the UGRR through the attending members that were ardently anti-slavery and acted on those beliefs.  Their lives are reflected in this building, where those individuals came to explore and reaffirm their faith.  Buried in the cemetery are members of the Alston and Hunn families.  One member, John Hunn, was sued by the owners of an enslaved family he assisted on their journey north.  John Alston, the primary caretaker of the property, is documented as assisting Molly, a freedomseeker from Smyrna , Delaware , in Still's Underground Railroad of 1872.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: SR 299 West of US 13, Odessa, New Castle, 19730

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Sally O'Byrne

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: John Alston,John Hunn

Religious Denominations: Quaker