Quaker Meeting House

Quaker Meeting House (HMAWS)

Location: Chesterhill, OH 43728 Morgan County
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N 39° 29.245', W 81° 51.821'

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Despite the fugitive slave laws that prohibited harboring runaway slaves, fugitives found refuge in the Quaker village of Chesterfield, now Chesterhill. Legend tells that no runaway slaves were ever captured here, although many were hidden and helped on their way to freedom in Canada. A well-organized branch of the Underground Railroad ran through Morgan County with Elias Bundy as a principal conductor. Bundy sometimes concealed fugitive slaves in the woods east of Chester Hill. Historian W.H. Siebert says Bundy, Jesse Hiatt, Nathan Morris, Abel W. Bye, Joseph Doudna, Arnold Patterson, and Thomas Smith "belonged to the inner circle of old and reliable Friends [Quakers] upon whom dependence could always be placed." The first Monthly Meeting was held on October 21, 1839 at the location of the present Meeting House, which was built in 1834.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number15-58
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The P & G Fund, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker Condition
10 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 9:00am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 425727 N 4371223
Decimal Degrees39.48741667, -81.86368333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 29.245', W 81° 51.821'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 29' 14.70" N, 81° 51' 49.26" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1510 Coal St, Chesterhill OH 43728, US
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15-58 HMAWS......The marker is in excellent condition.

Sep 28, 2018 at 4:46am PDT by williamskinner3

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