VIDEO - Once-a-year open house at Quaker Underground Railroad site in Odessa, the Appoquinimink Meeting House.
Appoquinimink Friends Meeting, 616 Main Street, Odessa, welcomes the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, March 9, in honor of Harriet Tubman Day.
This historic Quaker Meetinghouse recreates a Freedom Seeker hiding place under the eaves of the loft above the 1785 worship space. The Clerk of this meeting will describe the role played by local Quakers in hiding runaway slaves and show how they were hidden.
It is still an active place of Quaker worship and is on the National Register.
Key players in the local Underground Railroad John Hunn and John Alston’s work is commemorated by the Bench at the Side of the Road on the nearby grounds of Middletown High School.
Persons unable to ascend to the loft can view color photographs that explain how hiding during daylight hours was necessary, and how travel occurred at night to the next station on the Underground Railroad.