Underground Railroad in Lancaster County
One of the most unknown and under-appreciated aspects of the history of Lancaster County is the significant role it played in the Underground Railroad!
Learn about and gain more appreciation for the underground railroad through an “interactive journey” where you discover the courage and resolve of those brave and selfless individuals who risked their lives for the cause of freedom. Visit the hotel where “freedom began,” learning more about the resistance that occurred in Christiana.
Living the Experience…
Bethel A.M.E. of ChurchTowne
450-512 East Strawberry Street
Lancaster PA 17602-4449
One of Lancaster County’s most moving and powerfully significant hidden gems, Living the Experience is a creative, spiritual, and interactive historical reenactment of the Underground Railroad, as it occurred on-site, at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the City of Lancaster. Those who attend are provided an honest portrayal of the experiential realities of those involved in the underground railroad…from the stories that are told, through the spirituals that are sung, and in the emotional connections that are felt…people are provided an opportunity to learn and to gain a clearer perspective on the events and the people involved with this “station” on the underground railroad. Following the reenactment, a ethnic buffet style meal is served.
The events that occurred on September 11, 1851 in Christiana, Pennsylvania are cited as major flash points that led to the outbreak of the Civil War. These events are described in a guided tour by local historians at the Christiana Underground Railroad Center in an interesting and educational format for all ages. The persons, dates and the locations leading up to and following the Resistance at Christiana – originally called the Christiana Riot — are presented in an authentic and easy-to-follow format of maps, photographs and narratives.