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USA Today Ranks The Levi and Catharine Coffin House As One of the "Top 25 Must-See Buildings"


Levi Coffin House, Fountain City: In 1839, Levi and Catharine Coffin built this Federal-style, eight-room, brick home as a safe haven for slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. It is estimated that more than 1,000 slaves reached safety. The house was referred to as “The Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad.” It was designed so that most rooms had at least two ways out, there’s a spring-fed well in the basement for easy access of water, and storage garrets on the side of the rear room made for convenient hiding places. The Levi and Catharine Coffin Interpretive Center, opened in December 2016.


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