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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Chase Bank. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4660 East Main, Columbus OH 43213, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad, National Road
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 25 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.