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Albert Austin (A.A.) Guthrie House


Built in 1830, the federal style house located in Putnam, Ohio (now Zanesville) was home to Albert Austin (A.A) Guthrie, who was described as being "among the bravest and most fearless conductors" on the Underground Railroad [1] For example, in one incident Guthrie assisted sixteen freedom seekers in their journey out of slavery.[2] Born in Washington County, Ohio on January 9, 1803, Guthrie came to the Putnam at the age of thirteen. He along with his brothers, George and Stephen, became active members of the abolitionist movement and participants in the Underground Railroad. He was known as an "an efficient and successful anti-slavery lecturer, in this and adjoining counties" and "among the earliest and most ardent advocates of immediate emancipation, when almost the entire sentiment of the community on the slavery question was against him."[3]

The house, an example of Putnam Antebellum architecture, underwent extensive alterations after the Civil War. The house is listed on the National Register as part of Zanesville's Putnam Historic District for "… the significant role that Putnam residents and institutions played in the Ohio debate about the abolition of slavery and the activity of sheltering fugitive slaves in the years prior to the Civil War."[4] The house is currently a private residence.


[1] Dr. H.S. Nye, "Letter to Wilbur Siebert," Wilbur H. Siebert Collection [microfilm] (Columbus: Ohio Historical Society), reel 11.

[2] Interview with Thomas Williams, 7 May 1895. Wilbur H. Siebert Collection [microfilm] (Columbus: Ohio Historical Society), reel 11. See also, Siebert, Mysteries , 202.

[3] J.F. Everhart, History of Muskingum County (Columbus, OH: J.F. Everhart, 1882), 154.

[4]National Register of Historic Places, Putnam ,Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, National Register, # 75001511, Section 8, page 3.The National Historic Register form was amended in 2003 to included Abolition and Underground Railroad. It was at this time the A.A. Guthrie Home was included in the district.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: 405 Woodlawn Avenue, Zanesville, 43701

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Mike and Monica Willey

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Albert Austin Guthrie

Religious Denominations: Presbyterian