|Underground Railroad in Southeast Ohio|
The Underground Railroad was very active in Southeast Ohio. Many Quaker families, and others in the community, courageously hid and conducted freedom seekers on toward Canada.
Stratton relatives were involved in this endeavor. However, they spoke little about it -- this being a private act of conscience. Also, they dared not write about their "work" in letters or diaries -- so few family accounts have survived.
However, see John Salisbury Cochran's account (Parts 10-16) about the Quaker miller, Joshua Cope, who was much involved in the underground railroad.
Joshua Cope conducted slaves from Wheeling, Virginia, across the Ohio River, and hid them at his flour mill, which was near Colerain, Ohio -- about seven miles from Stratton House Inn.
For additional information on this website about the abolitionist movement and the underground railroad in southeast Ohio, please start with the following entries and resources.
Lundy: The Father of Abolitionism.
Railroad Museum, Flushing, Ohio
Mount Pleasant, Ohio
Museum, New Athens, Ohio
Plan to spend a day exploring these resources.
Captions: Top: A photo of Charles T. Webber's painting of the Underground Railroad in winter. It is owned by the Cincinnati Art Museum. Bottom: This 1856 Illustrated London News engraving depicts the slave auction in Richmond, Virginia, which closely resembled the slave auction block in Wheeling. Click images for larger versions.
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