Lewis, Iowa: Home with Secret Passages to Hide Slaves

Minister and abolitionist George Hitchcock built his house in 1856 to accommodate slaves escaping to Canada, with a basement and secret hiding places.

Hitchcock House

Address:
63788 567th Lane, Lewis, IA
Directions:
Hitchcock House. A mile west of town on Nishna Valley Rd; watch for the sign.
Hours:
May-Sept. T-Su; 1-5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
712-769-2323
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Home with Secret Passages.

Home with Secret Passages to Hide Slaves

Off a gravel road, Admission is $5 per person. Definitely worth taking time to see. Wonderful restoration of history!

[A Mickelson, 08/14/2017]
Home with Secret Passages to Hide Slaves

Well, there is one secret passage. And there's a $5 charge to tour the house. But it's worth it!

[Kim Watts, 06/28/2012]

Underground railroad.

Home Built for Underground Railroad

The Hitchcock House, a stop on the Underground Railroad, was built in the 1850s by George Hitchcock, a minister and ardent abolitionist. The house was specifically built to harbor slaves on their way to freedom in Canada.

It included a full basement, which was unusual for the time. A tiny secret room hidden behind a hinged cupboard in the basement kitchen provided an additional hiding area when the slaves' safety was threatened.

[Jan Unsicker, 08/13/2010]

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