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Family Fun Sundays: Tea with Delia Webster


February 11, 2018

You are welcome to join the Oldham County Historical Society's 'Tea with Delia Webster' on Sunday, February 11, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm, at the Oldham County History Center, 106 North Second Avenue, La Grange, Kentucky 40031


Delia Webster earned quite a reputation as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. She had a passion for aiding Freedom Seekers who wanted a better life, even if it meant risking her own life. An incident occurred in 1844 which made her a house-hold name. She and Rev. Calvin Fairbank plotted to aid Lewis Hayden and his family to escape slavery. Their plot worked for the Haydens, but Delia and Fairbank were caught and tried separately. For his part, Fairbank received 15 years. Delia was convicted of “slave stealing” and sentenced to two years of hard labor in the state penitentiary. Her case attracted national attention as no one wanted to see a woman imprisoned. But this still did not stop her from aiding Freedom Seekers upon her release.

Visitors to the Oldham County History Center will get the chance to meet Delia and learn more about her and her narrow escapes from the law on Sunday, February 11 from 1-3 p.m. Children’s Tea with Delia Webster will take place in the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum, located at 108 N. Second Ave. in La Grange. Tea and light refreshments will be served as Delia relates incidents that occurred while she lived in Trimble Co., Ky.

Delia was born Dec. 17, 1817 in Vergennes, Vermont. Well educated, she began teaching classes at the tender age of 12 to some of the younger students at the same school she attended, Vergennes Classical School. She settled in Lexington, Ky in July 1843 and took charge of running the Lexington Academy while slowly becoming involved in the Underground Railroad. This led her to aid the Hayden family in their search for freedom. She settled in Trimble County, Ky for a time where many slaves vanished soon after her arrival. Her work waned after the Civil War and she eventually moved to Des Moines, Iowa to live with her niece, Dr. Alice A. Goodrich. Delia died at her home on Jan. 18, 1904. Two highway markers were erected in Trimble County to tell her story.

Registration is required for Children’s Tea with Delia Webster. For more information or to make reservations please call (502) 222-0826.


Contact Person: Helen McKinney

Contact Information: 502-222-0826 (main phone) / info@oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org