The Eliza House

The Eliza House (HM2GN2)

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N 39° 15.726', W 84° 27.041'

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Three hundred yards east of this location on Oak Road, overlooking
the Miami & Erie Canal, was the house of abolitionist John Van Zandt
1791-1847). For years this house was known as one of the most active
"stations" on the Underground Railroad. In 1842, two bounty hunters
from Sharonville caught Van Zandt helping eight runaway slaves who
had escaped from owner Wharton Jones of Kentucky. Defended in
court by Salmon P. Chase, who became Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court of the United States from 1864-1873. Van Zandt was convicted
and fined. Chase appealed the case to the U. S. Supreme Court, where
he tested the constitutionality of the 1793 Fugitive Slave Law. When
writing her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe used Van Zandt
as the abolitionist character John Van Trompe. Van Zandt's house became
associated with the book and was known as "The Eliza House" named
for one of the novel's main characters
HM NumberHM2GN2
Year Placed2005
Placed ByNational Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Villages of Evendale, Glendale and Woodlaw, The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 719947 N 4348960
Decimal Degrees39.26210000, -84.45068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.726', W 84° 27.041'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 43.56" N, 84° 27' 2.46" W
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