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Update posted on Thu, Aug 19, 1999, at 12:45:27 PM Pacific Daylight Time.


Eden Hall

Our next stop was the beautiful Eden Hall, built in 1840. It has had only three owners in its history. Slaves were used to build the house.

On the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion was purportedly used as one of the several safe houses for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.

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This dining area is just one of the thirty-odd rooms in the house's five stories (including the basement).
We were pleased to meet the mayor of Xenia, OH, John Sarage, who told us about the effort by the city to preserve the site as an example of Xenia's place as a center in the abolitionist movement. At right, he and Cheryl Brown pose together.
According to local tradition, yet to be verified, this basement area was where up to 100 slaves at a time would hide on their road to freedom.
Mrs. Evelyn Cozatt is the third owner of the house and gave us a tour. She wants to make sure the history of this house's role in the Underground Railroad is preserved.


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