Imagine escaping slavery with two young children and not knowing where to go for safety. Crossing the Ohio River in Cincinnati did not guarantee safety, but finding a whole stretch of safe houses did. As a slave, you would move before the sun rose, and you would look for a faint glow from a candle light signaling a stop on the underground railroad. As you knock on the door, you are risking everything you ran away for. You do not know if the house is a safe house, or the home of someone who may report you to police. But once the door opens and you see a friendly face and someone taking you into their home, you know the journey has been worth it. Once you are in the house, you would be taken to a hiding place and you may see other families in hiding as well. The owner of the home gives you food and you create a sleeping arrangement. As a slave, you could not be more thankful for all of the abolitionists that have helped you escape your horrible life of being owned. Thomas Miller was one of the abolitionists that sheltered and helped slaves get to safety.
Thomas Miller moved to Medina from Southam, England and bought 90 acres of farmland. The land was originally just outside the village of Medina, but is now within Medina City. The farmhouse was used for other purposes than just being a roof over the Miller family: it was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The house has nooks behind bookcases, the fireplace, and a trap door on the floor that leads to a walk-out basement, which lead to a barn that once stood at the back of the house that helped lead slaves to safety. The slaves were also kept hidden right behind the fireplace if needed. But once the civil war ended, and the need to help fugitives escape ended, the home had been used as a hospital and a daycare.

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Thomas Miller House Now

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The Bungalow in the Winter 1923

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The Living Room Fireplace

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The Secret Door in the Bookshelf

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The Ladder Leading to a Safe Room

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The Trap Door in the Living Room Floor

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