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Jonathan Walker’s House Site

The property up for nomination is the former residence of Captain Jonathan Walker, otherwise known as “The Man with the Branded Hand”. Walker gained fame after his attempted journey in 1844 to help seven freedom seekers to gain their freedom by sailing them south to the Caribbean. Walker was caught, subjected to jail time, and branded with an “SS” for “Slave Stealer” as mandated by the federal courts. He built his residence in Wisconsin in 1855 and lived there until moving to Michigan to live out his remaining years in 1863. Given the nature of the Underground Railroad a precise number is hard to ascertain, but it is thought that Walker helped hundreds of slaves gain their freedom throughout his lifetime.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: Undisclosed, Lyndon, 66666

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Mr. and Mrs. David Drewry

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Benjamin Lunday,Jonathan Walker,William Lloyd Garrison