The Delaware County Historical Society presents

The Underground Railroad in Delaware County

William Cratty - Underground Railroad - Delaware County OhioHistoric Marker - Underground Railroad - Delaware County OhioFebruary 2, 2017

at 7:00 pm in The Barn at Stratford

You are invited to attend an hour-long Public Presentation to hear excerpts from the three-hour program created for school use in support of state curriculum requirements.

After the enactment of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, many Delaware County residents took part in the Underground Railroad. They helped runaway slaves to be “conducted” through Ohio seeking freedom as they worked their way to safe areas in the north.

Presenting this program in February is an especially fitting Black History Month activity. The program shows the care and humane treatment between Americans, black and white, during this historic emancipating era.

Program Outline


  • Introduction and explanation of the Fugitive Slave Law, how it affected the community and especially the abolitionists
  • The Role of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers, and more locally, Alum Creek, in guiding runaway slaves making their way through Delaware County

Reenactors - Underground Railroad Program - The Barn at Stratford - Delaware Ohio

Delaware County Citizens

  • Mrs. Patience Meeker will share a few of her life experiences at the Meeker Homestead
  • William Cratty, noted Ostrander abolitionist, will give a heartfelt retelling of helping fugitive slaves move toward freedom.





Join us for this special presentation at The Barn at Stratford. This program is free of charge and open to the public.  For a map and directions click here.