Little Calumet River Underground Railroad Project

Info Forward by Tom Shepherd:

The Little Calumet River Underground Railroad Project Presents

“Hike the Freedom Trail”

– Kicking off our 2019 Hike season –

The next FREEDOM TRAIL HIKE (partially by bus) will take place on Saturday, April 6 at 1 pm.

Join us for a fascinating tale of the hundreds- perhaps thousands- of escaped slaves / “Freedom Seekers” that came through this region prior to the Civil War, who often found refuge and replenishment from local abolitionists, one being the Jan Ton family who owned a farm near Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve on the Little Calumet River.

The focus of the Hike is educating the tour attendee about the Underground Railroad history in the Calumet region.

Professor Larry McClellan, foremost authority on the Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois, and Tom Shepherd of the Little Calumet River Underground Railroad Project will be narrators for this Hike/tour.

The narrated tour & hike will depart from the Beaubien Woods boat launch and will last roughly 2 hours.
Roughly 134th at the Little Calumet River front…/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x46ae63f2eac8…

A $10 donation ($5 for children under 17) for this event. Moderate walking. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Must pre-register…… Limited seating! email:

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