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Wayneville’s Role in the Underground Railroad

First presented in 2012, the educational youth program, Waynesville's Role in the Underground Railroad, is presented each year to the sixth grade students at the Waynesville Middle School in Waynesville, Ohio. Designed by the Waynesville Underground Railroad Committee (WURC), the interactive program builds upon the sixth grade language arts and social studies curriculum and includes PowerPoint lecture, walking tour, and trip to Camp Joy, an outdoor educational camp, near Clarksville, Ohio where students participate in a living history re-enactment of the Underground Railroad Movement. The program builds upon existing historical sites, some of which are listed on the National Register, and historical documents, including the 1840 Miami Monthly Meeting Minutes and letters from the Wilbur Siebert Collection, to explore how Waynesville, settled by Quakers from the Bush River (South Carolina) Quaker Meeting who were committed to anti-slavery principles, was an important stop on the Underground Railroad.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: Mary L. Cook Public Library, 381 Old Stage Road, Waynesville, Warren, 45068

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Linda Swartzel, Director

Location Type: Program