The Village of Vandalia will host the second annual “Underground Railroad Days” this coming weekend.
The Cass County community will celebrate its heritage as a hub of the famous Underground Railroad (UGRR) with activities on Saturday (July 16th) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday (July 17th) from noon to 5 p.m.
The focal point for the event will be Milo Barnes Park on M-60 in Vandalia.
The celebration will feature a Classic Car Show, DJ Dennis Ash, local food vendors, a yard sale, arts and crafts booths, and Underground Railroad information and education booths. The event will also offer Bonine House tours, UGRR site bus tours, and UGRR presentations.
For additional information about the celebration – including a schedule of activities – click here.
Vandalia was the center of UGRR activity in Cass County from 1840 to 1860. It is estimated that at least 1,500 ‘freedom seekers’ were helped on their way to Canada by Quakers and free African Americans primarily residing in Calvin and Penn Townships.
For more information about the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County and UGRR history in the county, go to www.urscc.org.