From the outside it looks like a normal, beautifully-restored, Federal-style brick home built in 1839. On the inside, however, it has some unusual features that served an important purpose in American history. This eight-room home served as a safe haven for more than 1,000 freedom seekers on their journey to Canada. Levi & Catharine Coffin's home became known as "The Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad." Being a Quaker home, the Coffin house would not have had many of the era's decorative features such as narrow columns, delicate beading or dentil trim. During the 20 years they lived in Newport (now Fountain City), the Coffins worked to provide transportation, shelter, food and clothing to more than 1,000 freedom seekers. Many of their stories are told in Levi Coffin's 1876 memoir "Reminiscences".
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