William and Frances Seward operated their home as an UGRR stop during the 1850s. Seward provided bail for the African American defendants following the Jerry Rescue in Syracuse. In 1855 he noted in a letter, "Two fugitives came here last night. Doesn't this Underground Railroad work wonderfully?" The Sewards provided Harriet Tubman with seven acres of land in Auburn in 1859 as an inducement to move back from Canada. They also provided some financial backing to Frederick Douglass' North Star newspaper. The Seward Papers contain many references to abolition activities and the presence of fugitives within the household.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 33 South Street, Auburn, 13021
Website: William and Frances Seward House
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Foundation Historica Association, Inc.
Location Type: Site
UGRR Operatives: Frances Seward,Harriet Tubman,William Henry Seward