Take a Field Trip: Tour the History of the Underground Railroad and Levi Coffin in Richmond, IndianaOur latest history homeschool adventure included a field trip to the historic, Levi Coffin House near Richmond, Indiana. It is said to be part of the Underground Railroad.
An eight-room, Federal-style, brick home near Richmond in Newport (Fountain City), Indiana became a safe haven to thousands of escaped slaves on their journey to Canada. The home of Levi and Catharine Coffin, North Carolina Quakers who opposed slavery quickly became the most well-known stop on the Underground Railroad. During the 20 years they lived in Newport, the Coffins helped more than 2,000 slaves reach safety. Read More About it: Levi Coffin House
|Levi Coffin House in Indiana. The Underground Railroad.|
|Learn about the Underground Railroad with a trip to Levi Coffin's Indiana home.|
Harriet Beecher Stowe's famous story, Uncle Tom's Cabin is based on, "Eliza" one of the many slaves who hid in the Coffin home. Scholastic offers a great companion piece for an Underground Railroad Lesson. Myths of the Underground Railroad. A good story for younger children is Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky.
|A story of the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman.|
|Nineteenth century wooden rocker cradle in the Levi Coffin house.|
|Two handled "shovel" for scooping grain. A chore for children.|
|Sewing bird to help hold fabric.|
|Rocking bench with baby guard.|
|Stairs to the attic.|
|Catharine Coffin's Wardrobe.|
|Room where runaways (often children) spent the night.|
|Underground Railroad = Secret attic access slide bed over to hide the door.|
Field Trip Ideas for the Underground Railroad
For older students, I encourage you to visit Conner Prairie's immersion history program, Follow the North Star in Indianapolis, Indiana. As an interpreter at Conner Prairie, I participated on both sides portraying a woman who helped runaways find their way to a nearby Quaker family and as a tour guide/runaway experiencing the journey first hand leading a group of runaways thru the prairie at night. Nothing will help your student understand the importance of this historical event like Follow the North Star.
Another great place to visit is The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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