The Village of New Richmond was an early center of abolitionist activity, hosting the first anti-slavery society in the county. The area bordering the Ohio River was involved in Underground Railroad activity. A slave named Joe, from Louisville, Kentucky, was “shipped” to the village in a box and eventually on to Canada. The villagers freed Lee Roy Lee from slave hunters at this site during the Civil War.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Front Street, New Richmond, 45157
Website: New Richmond, Ohio, Waterfront
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Village of New Richmond
Location Type: Site
Freedom Seekers: Anney and Hagar (OH, 1859),Jim (OH, c. 1860),Joe (OH, c. 1860),Leroy Lee (OH, c. 1862)
UGRR Operatives: Levi Coffin