Exploring Underground Railroad Stations in Liberty, Indiana
(Written January 2009)
This week I’ve been researching for my historical novel set in Liberty, Indiana. The story is about a Quaker woman who ran a station on the Underground Railroad so the past few days I’ve been living at the beautiful Carriage Lamp B & B in Liberty and immersing myself in what life would have been like here in 1850.
Liberty is a special place, steeped in history, and the people of Liberty have a beautiful heritage of ancestors who fought quietly for freedom by risking their lives to harbor runaway slaves on their way to freedom in Canada before the Civil War.
I’ve explored old cemeteries and waterways, crawled into secret rooms and hiding places, learned how to cook on an open hearth, hiked along a canal path, read mounds of old articles, and met some amazing people who have opened up their homes and family history for me.
A special thanks to Karen Coffey, researcher extraordinaire at the Liberty Public Library, who opened up doors and gave me a personal tour of the area as well as an incredible amount of information about her family and the history of the Underground Railroad in Liberty.
My sister said that what I’m doing sounds too much like writing a research paper, but I reminded her that I used to like writing research papers!
Here are some of the almost 300 pictures I’ve taken: