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Relive history at these B&Bs with Underground Railroad ties
Over the next two months, we'll celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday and recall the conflicts and accomplishments of African-Americans during February's Black History Month, but it doesn't have to end there. The folks at BedandBreakfast.com have come up with list of historical B&B's throughout the U.S. that tell the tales of struggle, strife and eventual salvation, as "conductors" or "stations" on the Underground Railroad. We've highlighted a few:
Amelia Island Williams House, Fernandina Beach, FL: According to family stories, Marcellus A. Williams bought this home in 1859, allowing escaped slaves following the Underground Railroad to use his home as a haven during their journey to freedom.
Mason House Inn of Bentonsport, Bentonsport, IA: During the Civil War, the Mason House was a station on the Underground Railroad and delivered food during the night to the farm's hayloft where escaped slaves hid.
The Steamboat House, Galena, IL: A tunnel that offered an escape route for slaves still remains under the house.
Inn at Aberdeen, Valparaiso, IN: A hidden ladder beneath the old entry closet floor tells tales of a way station for the Underground Railroad.
Hall Place B&B, Glasgow, KY: A cave under this B&B linked to a network of other caves that eventually surfaced at a nearby spring.
Baird Tavern B&B, Blandford, MA: The B&B was a known stop along the Underground Railroad as slaves fled to freedom in Canada. (pictured above).
Munro House, Jonesville, MI: Believed to be a station on the Underground Railroad, this house features a 100-foot-long stone-walled tunnel that leads to the basement where a secret room hid runaway slaves.
1830 Hallauer House B&B, Oberlin, OH: A secret room and a concealed opening are just a few ways this house aided slaves as they traveled on the Underground Railroad.
Tattersall Inn, Pt. Pleasant, PA: An underground concealed room once used as a stop on the Underground Railroad is found in the original part of this circa 1753 building.
Great Valley House of Valley Forge, Valley Forge, PA: A tunnel from the main house was used to house slaves moving north along the Underground Railroad.
Hamilton House B&B, Whitewater, WI: Rumor has it that a number of secret tunnels led from this historic inn to nearby homes and the train depot.