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Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence

Myers Residence

The building now known as 194 Livingston Avenue in the Arbor Hill section of Albany, Albany County, New York, is significant as the one-time office of the Vigilance Committee of Albany, the key Underground Railroad group in the City of Albany. It is one of many locations for this office but it is the only surviving site. The site is listed on the New York State and National Register of Historic Buildings. This committee was active from the early 1840s into the 1850s and assisted hundreds of fugitives from slavery to escape through Albany on their way to freedom in the northern United States and Canada. In addition, 194 Livingston is significant as the home of Stephen and Harriet Myers and their family. Stephen Myers was principal agent for the Vigilance Committee during the 1850s and one of the most significant figures in Albany's Underground Railroad history that had actively assisted escaped slaves for nearly 30 years, beginning in 1831. Myers lived in the house during the period when he was "Superintendent" for the Vigilance Committee and maintained the group's office in the building at the same time.

The site is now open noon to 8 pm, Monday through Friday, and weekends by appointment.  Please call 518-779-4038 prior to visiting to ensure that staff is available.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany, 12210

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Paul Stewart

Location Type: Site