Underground Railroad

The Milton House Museum is a documented Station on the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin,  Joseph Goodrich the Station Master.  Because of our western position, Wisconsin did not have the amount of Underground Railroad activity as many eastern states.   Missouri was the closest slave holding state to Wisconsin.  Fugitives would have traveled through Illinois & Wisconsin with the goal of reaching Lake Michigan.  From the lake front a fugitive would have boarded a ship with an abolitionist captain & traveled the Great Lakes to escape into Canada.  This was not an easy or safe path to travel.  No one needed a ticket to travel the Underground Railroad, only a deep desire for freedom. 

During your visit to the Milton House Museum, you will learn about the creation of this community, Joseph Goodrich's abolitionist spirit & the role the Milton House/Goodrich Cabin passage played during the Underground Railroad movement. 

Information & documents pertaining to the Milton House:

Milton House Architecture

Milton House History

The Negro Imbroglio

Underground Railroad in Wisconsin

Educational websites:

National Park Service - NPS.gov - Aboard the Underground Railroad  www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/underground/states.htm

Underground Railroad of Wisconsin Network to Freedom

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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