It still amazes me that people say, "there's nothing to do". I've been living in the triangle of Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio for 22 years. Honestly, we are still finding things to do. The old soul in me thinks-what do these people WANT to do?
This week we went on a group tour in Springboro, Ohio. The Underground Railroad Museum Tour.
"Springborough" was founded in 1815 by Johnathan Wright, named for all the springs in the area. Wright was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Since Quakers detested slavery, what sprung up? Multiple stations on the Underground Railroad. Springboro holds a long history of helping helping runaway slaves make it to Canada. The Underground Railroad ran directly through Springboro, Ohio.
You can walk through history by taking a guided tour (cost $5/per person), or you can go to the Springboro Area Historical Society and pick up a brochure. The Self-Guided Walk into History brochure gives the history of 53 homes, (also cemeteries) around the downtown area.27 being documented safe houses. Including the home of founder, Johnathan Wright. A hiding place in the attic has been uncovered and is visible from a guest room. A sign to slaves making the journey to freedom in Canada, was one side of the chimney on the Wright House was whitewashed.
(Note: the tour guide tells why the Canadians wanted slaves to make it to Canada-Wow!)
No matter if you take a guided tour or a self guided tour, I believe you will have a a wonderful enriched tour. Especially, if you love history and "just knowing stuff".
The museum itself is small and part of the tour. The Springboro Area Historical Society is a non-profit organization. All guided tours are by volunteers(please be polite, and say thank you). Our guides name was Mrs. Chris Britton, a very funny and knowledgeable lady. She is a teacher of teachers, and a librarian. She continues research the history of the town, and add interesting facts.
The tour is about 2 hours. It depends on how many questions presented to your guide and the speed of the walkers in your group. Tour usually ends at K&W Drive thru, a grill and ice cream stand. But if you have weak stomach, plug your ears when she tells you what was originally housed in that building. You'll thank me later!
Overall we had a beautiful Sunday afternoon walk through history.
We purchased our group tickets through Eventbrite.com.
There is free membership to the Springboro Area Historical Society, which includes a plaque with all your military history and free tours!
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