The Wright House and the Underground Railroad/Old Main Street

The Wright House and the Underground Railroad/Old Main Street (HMS0V)

Location: Huron, OH 44839 Erie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 23.673', W 82° 33.257'

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The Wright House and the Underground Railroad
In the early 1800s, Jabez Wright, an early Huron County judge, purchased a large tract of lakeside land on the north side of what is now Cleveland Road. There Wright built an eight-room farmhouse that later served as a "station" on the fabled Underground Railroad, playing a vital role in aiding fugitive African-American slaves to freedom. Beneath Wright's farmhouse was a sixteen foot-wide and ninety foot-long tunnel. Escaped slaves entered the passage through a trap door in the home's basement and exited into a corn crib located a mere one hundred feet from Lake Erie. There the slaves awaited the arrival of rowboats transporting them to vessels heading north to Canada.

Old Main Street
After the passage of the Federal Housing Act of 1949, a concerted, nationwide effort toward modernizing aging urban areas began. As a part of this trend, the city of Huron began demolition of 38 buildings along Main Street in 1969. Completed in 1975, the federally subsidized Huron urban-renewal project reshaped much of the community's downtown, adding the modern-day boat basin. Structures removed included the Harbor Inn, the Huron Dairy, and the Vermillion Rubber Company, along with many residential buildings. Throughout the course of the undertaking, many citizens opposed the alteration of Main Street. The project was carried through, however, and the boat basin is the centerpiece of downtown Huron today.
HM NumberHMS0V
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number11-22
Year Placed1999
Placed ByHuron County Schools, Sandusky/Erie County Foundation, and the Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 12:52am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 370062 N 4583722
Decimal Degrees41.39455000, -82.55428333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 23.673', W 82° 33.257'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 23' 40.38" N, 82° 33' 15.42" W
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Area Code(s)419, 440, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 39 Cleveland Rd W, Huron OH 44839, US
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