Underground Railroad Learning Tour
Did you know the term “underground railroad” was first used in Columbia, Pennsylvania, to describe the secret network used by enslaved Black people to escape to freedom? Other communities of conscience, including some Mennonites, supported the freedom movement as well.
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is partnering with the African American Historical Society of South Central PA to offer an Underground Railroad Learning Tour on Sunday, October 24, at 2 pm at the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. Visit nine locations and learn about the everyday people who took exceptional risks to support formerly enslaved newcomers, some who traveled through and some who settled in Columbia. All storytelling is conducted outdoors, with one option to enter the mansion adjacent to the Bank and Bridge Company building, see a short slide presentation, and hear from a local historian about how the 1812 and 1832 bridges across the Susquehanna facilitated Underground Railroad travel.
A face covering is required. Tickets are $40 per person and require advance registration. The learning tour will be held rain or shine. Each guest will receive a keepsake “passport” showing the route and featured sites. The passport also provides a complimentary driving tour route.
Tickets sold out fast last year. There is a strong demand for this event.
The cost is $40 a person. Pre-register by October 20 at bit.ly/URTour21.