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Sheffield Lake in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Burrell Homestead

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 18, 2013
1. Burrell Homestead Marker
Inscription. In June 1815, Captain Jabez Burrell settled this land after coming from Sheffield, Massachusetts. Five years later the brick homestead was constructed. Five generations of the Burrell family occupied the homestead continuously from 1820 to January 2001 when Eleanor B. Burrell passed away. In 1836, the racially integrated Sheffield Manual Labor Institute, a branch of Oberlin College, was established at the Burrell Homestead, but the Institute closed the next year because the Ohio Legislature refused to grant its charter unless it excluded black students. From 1837 until the start of the Civil War, the homestead was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. Runaway slaves were hidden in the grain barn until Robbins Burrell could arrange for captains in Lorain, such as Aaron Root, to hide them on vessels for the trip across Lake Erie to freedom in Canada.
 
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission-The P&G Fund-The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-47.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 27.283′ N, 82° 6.25′ W. Marker is in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker is on East
Burrell Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 18, 2013
2. Burrell Homestead Marker
River Road south of Colorado Avenue (Ohio Route 611), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sheffield Lake OH 44054, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jay Terrell and his "Terrible Fish" (approx. 2.9 miles away); Shipbuilding (approx. 3.5 miles away); Timeline of Dr. Norton S. Townshend (approx. 3.6 miles away); Norton S. Townshend, M.D. (approx. 3.6 miles away); 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Lorain Tornado, 1924 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Trading Post (approx. 3.9 miles away); Founding of Lorain, Ohio (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheffield Lake.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RR
 
Burrell Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 18, 2013
3. Burrell Homestead Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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