What is known in this era is that four principal routes led fugitive slaves toward Lake County. It was a path that wound 17 miles NW from Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Akron heading another 16 miles towards Chagrin Falls, followed by 20 more miles NE to Chardon and then 13 more miles into Painesville / Fairport Harbor. Was the Underground Railroad directly responsible for this path towards freedom? Was it more the fugitive slaves guiding their own destiny on this trek thru Ohio? Herein reaffirms the premise that the UGRR is one of the best known stories from the Civil War Era but also the least examined.
A Lake Metroparks program offers a brief glimpse into this journey with a lantern tour hike at Liberty Creek later this month. However one can navigate their own Liberty Line Legend UGRR tour by following the route below. It spans Concord, Painesville, Painesville Twp and Fairport Harbor in Lake County and is an easy one tank trip.
- Begin at Big Creek at Liberty Hollow
- Uri Seeley House, 969 Riverside Drive
- Moodey House, 208 S. State St & 172 E. 5th St.
- Judge Hitchcock site, 254 S. State St.
- House Home, 311 S. State St.-Bank & State St.
- Seth Marshall Home, 375 Bank St.
- Mathews House, campus of Lake Erie College
- Eber Howe's other home, corner of N. State & Jackson St.
- Morley House, 231 N. State St.
- Sidley House, 463 Casement
- First Church Congregational, 22 Liberty St.
- Fairport Harbor Lighthouse, 129 Second St. (museum open seasonally)