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Neighborhood Preservation and Community Development Services

Mr. Harris's involvement with Underground Railroad history began in 1999 as part of his efforts to preserve the Lancaster, PA home and law office of U.S. Congressman Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868) and the nearby properties owned by Stevens's property manager and long-time confidante, Lydia Hamilton Smith (1815-1884). These historic buildings are now in planning stages be preserved as a multi-million dollar educational and interpretive component of the planned $130 million Lancaster County Convention Center and Marriott Hotel, expected to open in 2007. Harris also organized a team of volunteer historians and researchers in 2003 which resulted in the inclusion of four Pennsylvania sites in Lancaster and York counties to the Network to Freedom. Harris is continuing to help property owners identify, preserve and develop their sites associated with the UGRR.

Location: 314 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Contact Person: Randolph Harris

Contact Information: 717-291-2110 (main phone) / 717-291-2110 (fax) / rmkharris314@verizon.net