Princeton, Illinois: Underground Railroad - Hidey-Hole

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

Owen Lovejoy Homestead

905 E. Peru St, Princeton, IL
Owen Lovejoy Homestead, east side of town on US Hwy 6/E. Peru St. at 8th St.
May-Sept F-Su 1-4 pm or by appt. (Call to verify)
Adults $3.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Underground Railroad - Hidey-Hole

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Sapp Bros. Pot of Coffee SignSapp Bros. Pot of Coffee Sign, Peru, IL - 16 mi.
Star Trek Vulcan HandStar Trek Vulcan Hand, Peru, IL - 16 mi.
Woody the Root Beer ManWoody the Root Beer Man, Oglesby, IL - 20 mi.
In the region:
Ice Cream Cone Building, East Peoria, IL - 49 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

August 17, 2019

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Illinois Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Folk Art Headstones of Hoisington, Hoisington, Kansas (Aug 12-18, 2019)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now