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Gurnee in Lake County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Mother Rudd Barn

Historic Garden

 

1840 s

 
The Mother Rudd Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 23, 2012
1. The Mother Rudd Barn Marker
Inscription. The Mother Rudd Home is the oldest building in Warren Township. It served as a stagecoach stop, inn, tavern and post office. After the organization of the township in 1850, it was the official town hall and all caucuses and elections were held here.

It is believed that the Mother Rudd Barn was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Shelter and food were provided to escaped slaves as they journeyed from the South to freedom in the North and Canada. All that is left of the barn is this foundation.

Additional Marker inside of barn
The Mother Rudd Barn

From all indications, a main line of the Underground Railroad ran through Lake County from Illinois across the state line to Wisconsin. Several sites have been identified as stops in Gurnee, Ivanhoe, Milburn and Waukegan. Oral tradition indicates that the Mother Rudd Barn was one of these stations on the Underground Railroad.
Many times slaves traveled along the riverbanks to avoid detection. The Mother Rudd House and Barn are less than 100 feet from the Des Plaines River making this a prime location for a stop. Furthermore, the Mother Rudd House was a good location to hide escaped slaves because travelers drifted into this inn at all hours of the night.
 
Erected by Sears and the Village of Gurnee
The Mother Rudd Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 23, 2012
2. The Mother Rudd Barn Marker
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Location. 42° 22.368′ N, 87° 55.127′ W. Marker is in Gurnee, Illinois, in Lake County. Marker is on Kilbourne Road 0.1 miles north of Old Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gurnee IL 60031, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Serbian Orthodox Monastery of St. Sava ( approx. 3.1 miles away); General Dragoljub Mihailovich ( approx. 3.2 miles away); Joseph T. Bowen Country Club ( approx. 4.5 miles away); Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company ( approx. 4.9 miles away); Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk" ( approx. 5.7 miles away); Building Five ( approx. 5.8 miles away); World War I / Between the Wars ( approx. 5.8 miles away); The First Recruit / Original Historic Structures ( approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
The Mother Rudd Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 23, 2012
3. The Mother Rudd Barn Marker
The Mother Rudd Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 23, 2012
4. The Mother Rudd Barn Marker
The Mother Rudd Barn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 23, 2012
5. The Mother Rudd Barn
The Mother Rudd Home image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 23, 2012
6. The Mother Rudd Home
The Mother Rudd Home is located just south of the barn.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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