Underground Railroad walking tour

Events — By on July 6, 2007 at 1:33 pm

The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies, Inc. (CASS) will host a remarkable event on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, at Old Mill Village Museum in New Milford. Now in its third year, “Experience the Underground Railroad” is a guided walking tour highlighting the Underground Railroad activity in Susquehanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania during the mid-1800′s. During the one-hour tour, visitors will be instructed in the “rules of the road” as they follow their conductor along the freedom trail from Wilkes-Barre to Montrose and then on to New York State. Passengers on the Underground Railroad journey will learn about the people, families, and towns that were so instrumental in bringing social change to the country. Just like on the Underground Railroad, travelers will remain with their group until the journey is complete, and they can join the “End of the Trail Prayer and Praise” session in the Grove School House to put closure on their trip.

Alternate activities, including hands-on activities for children, are available throughout the grounds for those not able to undertake the occasionally rugged walk. Old Mill Village’s Gallery will feature prominent abolitionists of Susquehanna County, citizens of color as well as those of European descent. Other cabins and buildings on the Village grounds will be open including the Gift Shop, featuring books on local history and the Underground Railroad movement, as well as information about CASS. Lunch and snacks will be available at The Wooden Spoon.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on both days for “Experience the Underground Railroad.” Tours depart every half hour. The first tour leaves the main gate area at 10:30 a.m. and the last tour leaves at 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-11. Children under 6 years admitted at no cost.

In addition, a special event is taking place on Saturday night. CASS’ first ever “Night Trek” runs from 6-9 p.m. Guests will enjoy a Barbeque, and old-fashioned Camp Meeting including speakers and music, and a night-time walking tour of the region’s Underground Railroad history. Tickets are $10 per person for the general public, and $8 for members of CASS or Old Mill Village Museum.

Reservations are required for both events.

Old Mill Village Museum is located one mile from New Milford on Route 848 east (exit 223 of I-81). Lodging packages are available.

These events are made possible by the support of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, the Pennsylvania Quest for Freedom Partnership and Pennsylvania Office of Tourism, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the Bradford County Regional Arts Council.

For more information about reservations and lodging, please contact Cynthia Wooden at (570) 278-3199 or visit www.antislaverystudies.org.

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