Here in Marietta under the "Ordinance of 1787" was established the Northwest Territory. The first government BORN FREE in all the world. "Here no witch was ever burned; nor heretic molested; here no slave was ever born or dwelt."
You can visit or view seven Underground Railroad sites in the Marietta and the Washington County Ohio Area.
- Henderson Hall, a former slave owning plantation that is preserved to its near original condition. It is located on River Road off WV 14, 1.01 miles south of Williamstown WV. Open Sundays, June - September 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment for groups and private tours. 304-375-2129
- Blennerhasset Island Plantation, rebuilt to its original condition includes a history of the Aaron Burr Conspiracy and the story of a slave called Micah "Cajoe" Phillips, who started the Underground Railroad station in Waterford, Ohio. Access via sternwheeler cruise from Point Park, Parkersburg WV. 304-420-4800
- The Historic Harmar District of Marietta where the first African American was born in the United States Northwest Territory, the home where abolitionist David Putnam Jr. was born in 1808, and a view of the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers used by fugitive slaves from Western Virginia.
- Constitution Station located between Marietta and Belpre, on Ohio State Route 7, is the site of the Underground Railroad founded by Ephriam Cutler in 1806.
- The Jonathan Stone House in Belpre, Ohio and on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1798 along Ohio's first highway was an Underground Railroad station from 1810 to 1861. This is a private residence not open to the public.
- The Sawyer-Curtis House also on the National Register of Historic Places was built in 1798 and used from 1820 by Horace Curtis as a major Underground Railroad station. This is a private residence not open to the public.
- Belpre Historical Society/Farmers Castle Museum Educational Center is located at 509 Ridge Street, Belpre has a local URR exhibit permanent installation. Call 740-423-7588 for hours and tours.
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