Jacksonville's Historic Underground Railroad
20 June 2009 - Visitors from St. Louis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2009 17:32

20 June 2009 - Visitors from St. Louis


Children Tours Woodlawn Farm June 2008--May 31, 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 May 2009 13:08

Children Tours Woodlawn Farm June 2008--May 31, 2009

We have many school groups who come out to the Farm for tours.  Some of these tours are for most of the day.  We divide the group into groups of 15-20 and send them around the Farm for activities which would have happened in the midst of the 19th century.  For example, we take one group up from the creek as runaway slaves (freedom seekers), another group goes to the parlor where they learn about the Huffaker family and their willingness to risk their fortune and their reputation by being a safe house on the UGRR.  A third group would go to the kitchen and listen to Mammy Blue’s tales of her escape and work on the Farm.  She would teach them some songs and show them some plantation food.  The archaeologists might be there and show the children how they did their work and discovered the site of the first cabin.  Another group might go to the medical tent where a nurse would treat common illnesses.  Another group would make a craft such as yarn dolls or whirly toys while another group played games which were common in the 19th century.  Upstairs the children would see the children’s bedroom including games they played with and see the teacher’s room and talk about their education. In the basement the children would see where the Huffakers fed and clothed the freedom seekers before sending them to the workers cabins.

During the 2008-2009 year we had about 993 children who visited the Farm during our tours, some of these for a couple hours, others for most of the day.  We are fortunate to have members of our UGRR Committee who are willing to give their time to provide this experience for children.



---Mary Hathaway, Education Chair and Tour Director 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 19:44
UGRR Committee will conduct benefit auction at a later date PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 April 2009 23:27
The Underground Railroad Committee of the Morgan County Historical Society has postponed plans to hold a benefit auction and dinner on Saturday, April 18, and will reschedule the event for later this year.

          Organizers said a later date will provide additional time to contact prospective bidders and assure greater participation in the event.

          “We have a marvelous list of superb antiques for sale, and we feel it makes sense to conduct the auction at a time when more people will have the opportunity to bid,” said Loreli Steuer, co-chairman of the not-for-profit group that operates historic Woodlawn Farm near Jacksonville.

          The group plans to proceed with a scheduled tour of Underground Railroad sites across the Jacksonville community on Sunday, April 19. Tickets for the tours cost $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. There is also a $25 ticket price for families. The tours will begin at Beecher Hall on the campus of Illinois College at noon and continue until approximately 3:30 p.m.

          Advance tickets are available at Festival Foods and All Occasions in Jacksonville, and will be sold at Beecher Hall prior to the start of the event. Additional information is available by contacting Jim Murphy of the Underground Railroad Committee at 473-9734.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2009 13:10

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