Sep 20, 2022
Cayuga County NY- September is National Underground Railroad Month. September was chosen as the month to honor and remember the Underground Railroad because it is the month that both Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. Harriet Tubman was Auburn NY's most famous freedom seeker. She escaped from slavery in 1849 and became a conductor on the underground railroad making over 13 trips and helping many men, women and children escape slavery. She settled in Auburn in 1859 and lived there for 54 years until her death in 1913.
Auburn and Cayuga County have deep ties to the Underground Railroad. Research has indicated that there are over 100 documented connections in Cayuga County to the UGRR. Today in Cayuga County, you can see some of the churches and meeting houses that were stations on the Underground Railroad. In Auburn, one of the most notable stations was the home of William Seward and his wife Frances. Take a tour of the Seward House and Museum and view the basement area that was used to hide slaves. In Cayuga County, visit the Howland Stone Store Museum and learn of Harriet Tubman's friendship with fellow suffragist and abolitionist, Emily Howland.
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Self-Driving Tour App includes two routes to guide you through the Underground Railroad history in Cayuga County. The Auburn tour has 34 sites and the Cayuga County one has 27. The app is free and available at the Apple or Goggle App Store. To learn more visit https://www.tourcayuga.com/harriet-tubman/places-t....
Download the app today and start exploring today!
The Cayuga County Office Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc. was established in 1995 as Cayuga County's official tourism promotion agency. Our mission is to promote, support and increase tourism and thereby stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of life for area residents.