FEA Lathrop House photos abolitionists

At the Lathrop House, students will get a true step back in time to learn about our region's role in the Underground Railroad.   Although Ohio was a  free state, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 meant that escaping slaves were not truly free until they crossed into Canada.  Ohio played a key role on this trail to freedom known as the Underground Railroad.

Sylvania's own Lathrop House was one of the stops along the way. Through grade appropriate activities, the students will learn about the complexity of life in Ohio in the years just before and during the Civil War.  After an introduction, the students will get to tour the restored basement kitchen of the 1800s home of Lucian Lathrop and see the hidden room behind the fireplace where escaping slaves spent the night before heading on to the next station.  They'll learn about Lucian Lathrop, an Ohio State Congressman who kept his role in the Underground Railroad secret.

The Lathrop House provides an hour long program for groups of  students and adults with prior reservation. Must have at least 10 and no more than 25 at an hour session.

Cost:  $3.00 per student; $5.00 per adult.


Use the reservation form Group Reservation Request or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your tour.

We can also visit your school for a customized program for $40 per program.  Contact us for more details!