The Underground Railroad in Indiana: The Levi Coffin House
One of the most famous historical places in Indiana, the Levi Coffin House is located on Route 27 in the town of Fountain City, Indiana.
It’s a solidly-built Federal style brick home with eight bedrooms and a lot of history, namely as the most famous stop on the Underground Railroad in Indiana.
Currently, the building is preserved as a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public for paid tours. In the early to mid-19th century, it was known as the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad.
Although the Coffin House resembles a typical upper-middle-class home of the era, the interior was extensively modified to accommodate house guests and hiding places. There is a secret crawlspace room attached to the maid’s quarters that could accommodate up to fourteen slaves, as well as a large attic that served similar purposes. Most rooms have multiple exits to allow for a quick getaway.
The original residents of the house were Catherine and Levi Coffin, Quaker abolitionists who are believed to have helped thousands of slaves travel north to freedom.