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Beatty Church


SE Corner of Washington and Jackson Streets

A person looking in a south easterly direction from the northeast corner of Jackson and West Washington St. anytime during the latter half of the 19th century would have seen the old Beatty Church which stood just northwest of the courthouse. Continue Reading >
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C.C. Keech Warehouse


231 East Water Street

Christopher Columbus Keech came to Sandusky from Batavia, New York in 1847. He was trained as a hatter and established a hat store on the south side of Water Street east of Columbus Avenue. Continue Reading >
C.C. Keech Warehouse2016-12-05T13:14:58-05:00

Captain Thomas McGee House


536 East Washington Street

Sandusky was as important as the ports of Toledo, Ashtabula, and Cleveland for Underground Railroad travel. Continue Reading >
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Facer Park


255 Water Street

In 2005, a group of young civic leaders in Sandusky initiated an effort to recognize the city’s role in the Underground Railroad. Continue Reading >
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Follett House


404 Wayne Street

Oran Follett, who was the publisher of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, resided at 404 Wayne Street. Eliza, Oran’s second wife, was very sympathetic to escaping slaves. Continue Reading >
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George Barney House


422 East Washington Street

George Barney was born in 1814 at Sandy Hill, N.Y. In 1842 he moved to Milan, Ohio where he was in the mercantile business. Continue Reading >
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Henry Merry House


330 East Adams Street

Henry Merry lived in the house at 330 E. Adams Street. Merry was a builder who often employed those who had escaped from slavery until they were able to head to Canada. Continue Reading >
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John and Samuel Irvine House


320-322 Lawrence Street

Two brothers, the Irvines, lived in the double house at 320-322 Lawrence Street. John Irvine was a master builder. Sam R. Irvine was a grocer. Continue Reading >
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Joseph M. Root House


231 East Adams Street

Joseph Root was a radical abolitionist, an attorney, mayor of Sandusky, and later a state senator and U.S. Congressman. Continue Reading >
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Lucas Beecher House


Attorney Lucas Beecher lived in this stone house at 215 W. Washington Row.

Beecher represented Benjamin Johnson, a fugitive slave who arrived in Sandusky during the 1830’s. Beecher won Johnson’s freedom by arguing that Johnson was not the property of the plaintiff because the purchase was made in Ohio, which was a free state. Johnson then became a free resident of Sandusky. Continue Reading >
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