El­e­va­tor gives more peo­ple ac­cess to Un­der­ground Rail­road home

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state -

ASHTABULA — A visit to the his­toric Hub­bard House in Ashtabula is an even more-up­lift­ing event, thanks to a new el­e­va­tor that was un­veiled Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Al­most two dozen peo­ple at­tended a re­cep­tion in honor of the el­e­va­tor, a $100,000 project that be­gan in the spring, of­fi­cials said. In­stal­la­tion of the el­e­va­tor makes a Hub­bard House ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble for many more peo­ple, said Richard Dana, board pres­i­dent.

“It’s part of our mis­sion to open the house to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” he said.

The circa 1840 res­i­dence on Wal­nut Boule­vard in Ashtabula, in north­east­ern Ohio, is home to the Hub­bard House Un­der­ground Rail­road Mu­seum. The house, built by Wil­liam and Catherine Hub­bard, played an im­por­tant role in the Un­der­ground Rail­road and was a meet­ing spot for anti- slav­ery groups.

On Fri­day, mem­bers of the Hub­bard fam­ily said thanks to sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions whose do­na­tions made the el­e­va­tor project pos­si­ble.

“We’re ex­ceed­ingly grate­ful to all of you,” said Cissy Hub­bard, who, with her late hus­band, Tim, worked to pre­serve the house and its tra­di­tion. “Now we are go­ing on­ward and up­ward, so to speak.”

Tim Hub­bard worked tire­lessly to trans­form the house into a mu­seum, Cissy Hub­bard said.

“It was his great vi­sion,” she said.

Rick Hub­bard said the el­e­va­tor project rep­re­sented Hub­bard House’s “first real fundrais­ing at­tempt.”

“A num­ber of peo­ple stepped up,” he said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­body’s ef­forts.”

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