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Hanby House

The 1846 Hanby House was an UGRR station in Westerville, Ohio, run by the United Bethren Bishop William Hanby and his son Benjamin R. Hanby.  Bishop Hanby was outspoken about his dislike of the Fugitive Slave Act and was involved with the UGRR for 20 years before mving his family to Westerville.  Here, Hanby joined with other abolitionists, turning the hayloft in his barn into a station for escaping slaves.  Son Benjamin assisted in these efforts and was inspired to write "Darling Nelly Gray," a haunting song telling the true story of an escaped slave who died trying to reach Canada and earn money to purchase the freedom of his sweetheart, Nelly Gray.  Popular before the Civil War, it stirred anti-slavery sentiment and was referred to as the "Uncle Tom's Cabin of Song."  It was sung around campfires on both sides of the war, Confederates revising the words.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: P.O. Box 1063, Westerville, Franklin, 43086-1063

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Erin Bartlett Ohio Historical Society

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Benjamin R. Hanby,William Hanby