The Delaware County Historical Society
The History of the Lucy Depp Settlement Historic Community

February is Black History Month

Lucy Depp Park - Depp Settlement - Community

Celebrating Black History Month
The History of the first Black-Owned farm
in Delaware County and part of the Underground Railroad –
Lucy Depp Settlement.

February 18, 2021

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Virtual via Zoom and Facebook

Lucy Depp - Columbus Dispatch - Map Showing Location

The settlement near Shawnee Hills is the first black-owned farm in Delaware county Ohio.

The settlement was founded in 1835 by freed slave Abraham Depp and named for his daughter.

This presentation will tell the story of the role that the settlers played as part of the Underground Railroad.

In later years, Lucy Depp Park was also something of a summer resort for African-Americans from Columbus and elsewhere.

Abrams Freedom Moment - Lucy Depp - Franklinton Historical Society - Columbus Ohio
On Labor Day, 2016, the Friends of Freedom Society, Inc. debuted an original Readers’ Theater program at the Lucy Depp Settlement community picnic. It was part of the dedication ceremony for their Underground Railroad site marker.

Reserve Your Virtual Seat

The program is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to make a donation, which will help defray the expenses.

To ensure adequate bandwidth, registration and reserved “seats” are strongly advised for this program

This Virtual Program will be online via Zoom*.
Make a reservation and you will be emailed easy-to-follow instructions and Zoom link before the program.

*Zoom is a software system used around the world for meetings, conferences, and program. There is no charge to you to use Zoom.

The entire program will also be streamed live via Facebook
on the DCHS Facebook page.

For more information, please call the society at 740-369-3831, ext. 3,
or email

‘Thank You’ to the Stetler Family and others

Working for this program as been a labor of love by the Stetler family and the Lucy Depp Park Community. What started as organizing materials for research and story-telling has yielded a program an d more. That content was vital in receiving both a State of Ohio Marker and a Friends of Freedom Marker for The Lucy Depp Community.

Box Camera photos provided by Michael Hamilton. Drone pictures by Stephen Leonard. The rest of the pictures and content gathered by Gary Stetler and Gwyn Stetler, Executive Director and Community Minister during 20 years they lived in the Underground Railroad homeplace in the Community. If you wish to access a digital copy, contact or text, 614.619.5553.

Civil Rights Era, Lucy Depp Community: “This is it. The zenith of many individuals efforts – but, to become all we have dreamed it might, collective effort must carry Lucy Depp Park ( & World) the rest of the way.” ~ Callie B. Goode, 1965

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