Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House, West Main Street, Odessa, will open its doors to visitors who wish to gain a first-hand experience of the Middletown-Odessa Underground Railroad station experience from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10.
The small brick place of worship for Quakers in lower New Castle County will be open to the public, with friends speaking about the endeavors of Delawareans and pre-Civil War abolitionist leaders John Hunn and John Alston.
Freedom seekers found a hiding place behind a worship bench that concealed a spacious refuge above the room where Quakers met each first day as they called Sunday. To the right of the meeting house, is the grave of John Alston, Hunn's cousin.
The hiding place is gained by means of a hatch door that gave freedom seekers, perhaps as many as a whole family, a secure but unheated safe resting space until nightfall when they could travel north on their journey toward the next station on the Underground Railroad.
It is reputed that Harriet Tubman frequented this route as she led runaways from Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore, into Kent County near Camden, north through Duck Creek, Blackbird and to the vicinity of Hunn's farm, the current site of Middletown High School.
For information, call 652-4491.