The Underground Railroad
The Historic National Road in Ohio
In addition to farming and serving as an UGRR conductor, John T. Ward also worked as a clerk in a downtown Columbus hardware store. During the Civil War, Ward had contracts with the federal Government to haul supplies to Camp Chase, the U.S. Army camp and Confederate
Ward’s son, William S. Ward, learned the hauling business and founded the Ward Transfer Line in 1881. Many of John T. Ward’s activities were documented in his diary and recounted by his great-grandson, Eldon Ward, the first black chairman of the Columbus Foundation. and owner of the family’s moving company before his death.
Today, the E. E. Ward Transfer and Storage Company continues to maintain its proud heritage by treasuring its roots of once “hauling people to freedom by night and transporting goods by day”.
Erected 2015 by The Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the The Historic National Road series list.
Location. 39° 57.331′ N, 82° 52.391′ W. Marker is in Whitehall, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street, Old National Road (U.S. 40) and Rosemore Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street, Old National Road. Marker is in front of the Chase Bank. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norton Field (approx. 1½ miles away); Whitehall Tavern (approx. 1.6 miles away); Columbus Depot (approx. 1.7 miles away); Original Port Columbus Airport Terminal (approx. 2.2 miles away); Forest Lawn Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); A Brief History of Eastmoor / Eastmoor Polo Field (approx. 2½ miles away); Eastmoor (approx. 2.7 miles away); The National Road / The Interurban Electric Railway (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Whitehall.
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad, National Road
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 593 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.