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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glendale in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Eliza House

The Eliza House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, April 30, 2019
1. The Eliza House Marker
Inscription.  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
Erected 2005 by National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Villages of Evendale, Glendale and Woodlaw, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 31-66.)
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansLaw Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1842.
Location. 39° 15.726′ N, 84° 27.041′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Road and Chester Road, on the right when traveling west on Oak Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cincinnati OH 45246, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tucker's Station (a few steps from this marker); Village of Glendale (approx. ¾ mile away); Glendale (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Children's International Summer Village (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Cincinnati Hamilton Turnpike (approx. one mile away); Taken for Granite? (approx. 1.2 miles away); Welcome to the Cotswald Overlook (approx. 1.2 miles away); Eckstein School (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
Looking east from Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, April 30, 2019
2. Looking east from Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 219 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 7, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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