Hubbard House, located in Ashtabula County, an hour's drive east of Cleveland, was one of more than 30 stations along the Underground Railroad.
Many of these simple, mid-19th century homes still stand today, a tribute to the brave men and women who lived there.
One such home is the William and Catherine Hubbard House, located just yards away from Lake Erie. Today, their home is a museum offering a glimpse at 19th century Ohio life, the Underground Railroad, and times surrounding the Civil War.
Hubbard House is an excellent example of (Connecticut) Western Reserve
architecture. Built by William and Catherine Hubbard, two of many Hubbard family members to settle in the area, the home was used, almost immediately to shelter slaves moving along the Underground Railroad. Written accounts list more than thirty slaves staying at the house at one time. Visitors to the museum can see the cupboard with the false back where slaves hid during raids.
Hubbard House changed hands many times over the years and eventually fell into disrepair. In 1979, just before it was slated to be destroyed, a group of people, including Thomas Hubbard, great-great grandson of the original owners, purchased the house and gave it to the City of Ashtabula
on the condition that it be restored and opened as a museum.
Hubbard House has three distinct exhibition areas. The main floor is dedicated to showcasing the house and life in the Western Reserve between 1840 and 1880. The second floor houses the Underground Railroad exhibits with historic objects, biographies, and a display about spiritual music, the only way slaves had of communicating their escape routes to one another. The basement holds exhibits about the Civil War.
Visiting Hubbard House:
Hubbard House is about an hour's drive from Cleveland. It sits near downtown Ashtabula, right on the shore of Lake Erie. The museum is open weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day and other times by appointment. Visitors are welcome to explore the museum on their own or on one of the frequent annotated tours. The museum also has a gift shop on the premises.
Hours and Admission:
The Hubbard Museum is open Fridays - Sundays between Memorial Day and the end of September from 1pm - 5pm, and other times by appointment.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children between 6 and 16 years of age. There is no admission charge for children under 6.
Walnut and Lake Avenues
Ashtabula, OH 44005
(last updated 10-9-12)