Princeton, Illinois: Underground Railroad Hidey-Hole

Abolitionist Owen Lovejoy's house was part of the network helping black people flee slavery before the Civil War, and the structure had a special "hidey-hole" for concealment.

Owen Lovejoy Homestead

Address:
905 E. Peru St, Princeton, IL
Directions:
Owen Lovejoy Homestead, east side of town on US Hwy 6/E. Peru St. at 8th St.
Hours:
May-Sept F-Su 1-4 pm or by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
815-879-9151
Admission:
Adults $3.
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Lovejoy Homestead.

Owen Lovejoy's Slave Hidey-Hole

This modest two story home was once used as a station on the Underground Railroad for the "Liberty Line" that ran through Princeton, IL. Come see the "hidey-hole" where fleeing slaves hid, and see where the honorable Owen Lovejoy lived. Mr. Lovejoy was a fierce abolitionist, was elected to the State Legislature in 1854 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1856, where he served four terms.

[Pat Heinen, 06/17/2011]

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