The site was home to Dr. Nathan Thomas, first physician in Kalamazoo County. The Thomas family resided in the home from 1835, when it was built, to 1867, when it was replaced by a new home. Well known activists, Pamela and Dr. Nathan Thomas who lived in Schoolcraft, claimed to help 1000-1500 African Americans who escaped from slavery. In the 1890s, both Pamela and Nathan reported, not only their own stories, but accounted for at least 30 men in communities such as Vandalia, Jackson, Battle Creek, Climax, Ann Arbor, Marshall, and Detroit who assisted African Americans escaping slavery. In addition to those who aided African Americans, the Thomas' detailed the history and structure of this important network.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 613 East Cass Street, Schoolcraft, 49087
National Park Unit: Yes
Ownership: Schoolcraft Historic
Location Type: Site