Orchard House/Boston: Abolitionist Stop
To quote the website
where I got my Boston Walking Tour:
This station on the Underground Railroad was a destination
for many fugitive slaves, including Ellen Craft (1826-1897) and
her husband, William. In 1848 she disguised herself as her master,
bandaged as if ill, and tended to by her husband as if he were
the slave. They escaped from Georgia by taking the train and
steamer to Boston. After two years in Boston where they were
active in the anti-slavery cause, they sailed to England, staying
until after the Civil War because the new Fugitive Slave Law
endangered their lives. Harriet Hayden (c.1816-1893) and her
husband, Lewis Hayden, both born slaves, owned this house for
more than 40 years. They worked with Underground Railroad "conductor"
Harriet Tubman (c.1820-1913), known as the "Moses of her
People," in moving slaves to safe havens. Harriet Hayden
bequeathed a scholarship for "needy and worthy colored students"
at Harvard Medical School. (Go to the site and do your own tour! I thought
it was much more interesting than other Boston tours.)
This house is just a few blocks from where Alcott lived. When
I was walking around the neighborhood, which is called Beacon
Hill, all the people I passed were very friendly. It was truly
neat to see these places I've read about all my life right in
front of me. There is an essay on this website about the Crafts.