The Blairsville Area Underground Railroad is dedicated to the brave men, women, and children who used this network to freedom.

 
Enslaved Africans in pre-Civil War Virginia

Enslaved Africans in pre-Civil War Virginia

 
 

The Underground Railroad in Indiana County-An overview

 

Our UGRR History Center..

The UGRR History Center is located at 214 S. East Lane in Blairsville. It is housed in the former Second Baptist Church Building which in itself is historic. Built in 1917, it is the oldest African American church in Blairsville. Currently, our history center is only open by appointment, April-October. Call or email to schedule a visit! 724-343-1014 , blairsvilleugrr@yahoo.com

 
Our UGRR History Center in the former Second Baptist Church.

Our UGRR History Center in the former Second Baptist Church.

 
Volunteers interpret historic figures with a group of school children.

Volunteers interpret historic figures with a group of school children.

 
Our historic interpreters prepare for our annual History at High Noon tour

Our historic interpreters prepare for our annual History at High Noon tour

Exhibit: A Day in the Life of An Enslaved Child

Exhibit: A Day in the Life of An Enslaved Child

 
2018 Twilight Cemetery Tour

2018 Twilight Cemetery Tour

Upcoming 2019 Blairsville Area UGRR Events:

  • August 10, 2019-Knotweed Festival “Our Town’s History”, 5:30pm-6:30pm, N. Liberty St. (under the tree at Founder’s Gallery)

  • October 12, 2019-Twilight Cemetery Tour. Follow our tour guide as you explore the Blairsville Cemetery, 609 E Market St, Blairsville PA. Interpret headstone art and meet historic figures along the way! Cost-$5/pp

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The Blairsville Area Underground Railroad is committed to preserving, promoting, and presenting the history of the Underground Railroad in Indiana County and the surrounding region.

Our Mission..

  • To develop presentations, historic narratives and other materials to advance public awareness.

  • To create a History Center to showcase and exhibit area UGRR-related material

  • To conduct Underground Railroad research to further reveal the working of this network which assisted enslaved African north to freedom

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Blairsville's location along the Conemaugh River at the southern edge of Indiana County provided many opportunities for growth. From its beginning in the early 1800s, the town benefited from road, canal and railroad traffic. Many of the people who settled in the area had strict religious convictions and they became a strong force in the Underground Railroad movement.

In those days, the bounty hunters tracking the freedom seekers often made comments about how swiftly the runaways moved and were able to disappear. It was almost as if they had an underground railroad. The various methods used by abolitionists to hide and move the freedom seekers made their pursuers is now referred to as the Underground Railroad.

Records were seldom kept due to the severe fines and threats of jail terms that accompanied anyone found guilty of breaking the law. At that time, the law forbid aiding and abetting any slave trying to reach freedom in Canada.

We celebrate the brave freedom seeker who traveled through Indiana County, beginning in Blairsville and moving northward, one hiding place at a time…

 
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Get Involved

The Blairsville Area Underground Railroad History Center is open April through October for special events and by appointment. Call 724-599-8105 to arrange group or individual visits. We are able to provide for student groups and adult study groups and partner with local historical societies and tourism entities.

If you have an interest in history and would like to volunteer as a docent, historic interpreter (actor), join our board, or help with our events, please call the number listed above or email blairvilleugrr@yahoo.com

The Stationmaster program:

For a $20 annual donation, you can help sustain the Blairsville Area Underground Railroad by becoming a society member.

Donate today!