Speed Cabin - Crawfordsville, IN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 40° 02.409 W 086° 53.835
16T E 508765 N 4432218
Quick Description: Dating from 1838 this cabin was built by John A. Speed, a stone mason from Scotland, and the abolitionist mayor of Crawfordsville. It was a stop on the underground railroad. Located at Lane Place, former house of Henry Lane, and now a museum.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 6/18/2007 7:59:40 PM
Waymark Code: WM1PW2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member robert
Views: 145

Long Description:

In 1838 John A. Speed, a stone mason from Scotland, added this small cabin to his main house as a "cook shed" but it expanded into additional living quarters for Speed's family of seven.

When the revision of the Fugitive Slave Act by Congress in 1850 made escape from slavery even more difficult, Speed began to take an active role in the Abolition Movement. He became both a "conductor" and a "stationmaster" on the western line of the Underground Railroad.

Speed not only transported slaves, but hid them in the loft of this small cabin as well. From here, the fugitives moved along to the north with the hope of reaching Canadian soil where they would be forever free.

The cabin was relocated from the Crawfordsville Municipal Park to the Lane Place grounds in 1989. The new setting is an appropriate site, as Henry Lane gave a stinging attack on the attempt to extend slavery into "free" territory at the first national Republican convention in 1856.
212 S. Water St.
P.O. Box 127
Crawfordsville, IN United States

Web site: [Web Link]

Site Details: Wednesdays through Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Sundays: 1:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children aged 6-11

Open to the public?: Public

Name of organization who placed the marker: Montgomery County Historical Society

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