Levi Coffin House in Fountain City

Levi Coffin House

Levi Coffin House

I’m going to take a break this week from local history remnants to post something of statewide historical interest. During a summer vacation week, I had a chance to visit the Levi Coffin House in Fountain City, which is in Wayne County, Indiana. The photo shows a beautifully restored Federal style house originally built in 1839. I was able to take a tour inside the house and see the craftsmanship invested in an old home, as well as the hiding places for runaway slaves. The Coffin house was known as a depot on the Underground Railroad. It is said the Coffins helped more than a thousand slaves on their way to freedom in Canada. The Coffins were Quakers who were opposed to slavery. This is a story that needs to be preserved and I highly recommend a visit if you are anywhere near the area. It is considered an Indiana State Museum and rightfully so. Visit indianamuseum.org/levi_coffin for more information.




About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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