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This sandstone house built by Rev. Hitchcock was a stop on the Underground Rail Road

The Hitchcock House is a National Historic Landmark


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Sandstone house built in 1856 by Rev. George Hitchcock. The secret room in the basement was used to hide runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.
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   On February 17, 2006 Gale A. Norton, Secretary of the Interior, announced that the Rev. George B. Hitchcock House has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The National Historic Landmark designation is the highest such recognition accorded by our nation to historic properties. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this distinction. The National Historic Landmark designation is an official recognition by the federal government of a historic property's national significance. These special places embody the actual sites where significant historical events occurred, or where prominent Americans worked or lived, and represent the ideas that shaped our nation.  

Quote from a former slave:

  "I am happy to inform you that I am in Canada, in good health, and have been here several days . . . This country is not what it has been represented to me and others to be. In place of its being cold and barren, it has beautiful, comfortable climate and fertile soil.
. . . I subscribe myself one of the abused of America, but one of the justified and honored of Canada."

- Jackson WHITNEY, upon arrival in Sandwich (near Windsor, Ontario), in a letter to a friend in Kentucky (1859).

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