Duff House

Duff House (HM1RYZ)

Location: West Dundee, IL 60118 Kane County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 5.878', W 88° 17.183'

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This New England style farmhouse was built circa 1848, by Samuel Wilder to resemble his former New York State home. Robert and Lucy Duff purchased this property in 1868; however, historians claim they lived at this location during the Civil War and that the Duff House was a station on the "Underground Railroad". The mission of the "Underground Railroad" was to secretly assist runaway slaves by a loosely constructed network of escape routes that originated in the South, intertwined throughout the North, and eventually ended in Canada. Stories are told of slaves from the South hidden in the cellar of the Duff House. In the dark of night, Robert Duff transported them by wagon to another station, Buena Vista Corners, 6 miles west of town, to continue their journey to freedom.
May this plaque serve as an everlasting memorial for all who suffered hardship and uncertainty to build a better life for future generations.
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Date Added Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 393627 N 4661454
Decimal Degrees42.09796667, -88.28638333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 5.878', W 88° 17.183'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 5' 52.68" N, 88° 17' 10.98" W
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Area Code(s)847, 224
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 719 W Main St, West Dundee IL 60118, US
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