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Kaufman's Station at Boiling Springs

The village of Boiling Springs was the site of an Underground Railroad station located on one of the major escape routes leading from Maryland to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The area included an iron making complex where freedom seekers were sheltered by some of the free black employees. Daniel Kaufman, who lived on a farm near the ironworks, operated a station at his home and in a secluded wooded area near his home known as Island Grove. A number of village residents, including some of his relatives, assisted Daniel with his work. Daniel Kaufman was sued by a Maryland slave owner in 1847 for assisting thirteen of her slaves who were last traced to his home. This lawsuit led to three trials that attracted statewide attention. Kaufman lost his case in Federal Court and had to pay fines and expenses amounting to approximately $5,000. Daniel Kaufman was one of the youngest and consequently one of the last surviving agents on the UGRR when he died in 1902. His work as an agent and the UGRR activities in the Boiling Springs area are well documented because of the transcripts of two of his trials and the resulting newspaper coverage.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Front St, Race St, Village Lake, Boiling Springs, 17007

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Barbara Wilson

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Daniel Kaufman