The site was the location of the home of Thomas Garrett, one of the most prominent figures in the story of the Underground Railroad. From here and from his business within the same block, Garrett helped some 2,700 fugitives gain their freedom. From this site, he operated a network of free African Americans, Quakers, and others who helped conduct slaves to freedom. He provided a safe haven for conductors, such as Harriet Tubman and provided links to important sites to the north, including the one operated by William Still in Philadelphia. Operating in a slave state, Garrett was fearless in his determination to seek freedom for others and once was stripped of all his property because of his activities on behalf of slaves.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 227 Shipley Street, Wilmington, 19801
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: City of Wilmington Mayor James M. Baker
Location Type: Site
UGRR Operatives: Harriet Tubman,Thomas Garrett,William Still