Did you know that the Underground Railroad was once connected to an actual aboveground railroad that passed through present day Fairmount Park and brought many enslaved people to freedom? Learn about this and other fascinating stories on a virtual visit to the Belmont Mansion Underground Railroad Museum in West Fairmount Park. Join us on Thursday, February 25 at 12 PM for a talk & tour inside this famous park house on The Belmont Plateau - built in 1742 and considered one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States. Beyond its beauty and architectural significance, Belmont Mansion was also important in the long struggle against slavery, first in the 18th century as the home to a Quaker abolitionist judge and a free woman named Cornelia Wells. In the mid-19th century, the house continued its role in the fight for freedom as a stopping point on the Underground Railroad.
The program will feature performances by interpreters portraying Cornelia Wells and William Still, the Philadelphian who is considered the father of the Underground Railroad.