Huron in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Wright House and the Underground Railroad/Old Main Street
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
Erected 1999 by Huron County Schools, Sandusky/Erie County Foundation, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-22.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 23.673′ N, 82° 33.257′ W. Marker is in Huron, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Cleveland Road West and Main Street when traveling east on Cleveland Road West. Touch for map. The marker stands next to a parking lot east of the corner of Cleveland Road West and Main Street. The parking lot sits along the north side of a public amphitheater on the boat basin in downtown Huron. Marker is in this post office area: Huron OH 44839, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Roadway (approx. 2.7 miles away); First Cedar Point Road (approx. 2.7 miles away); Camp Avery / County Seat (approx. 4½ miles away); Old Perkins Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Ohio Veterans Home Ohio Veterans Home (approx. 6.8 miles away); Milan Canal Basin (approx. 7 miles away); Edison Recalls Milan (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huron.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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