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OHIO 2017

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62 2 0 1 7 o h i o h a s i t ! g r o u p t r a v e l g u i d e to your life add find your side staunch abolitionists, and their 1852 home is a documented Under- ground Railroad site. At the Kelton House Museum and Garden, the Sophia's Secret tour re-creates the homeowner and her refugee nearly being caught. Tour and Tea With Sophia is another experiential tour for groups that highlights genteel society of the era and takes visi- tors to the Carriage House for tea and trifl es, said museum director Georgeanne Reuter. Groups of 15 or more can take the basic historical tour led by a costumed docent who talks about the Kelton family in the context of life between 1850 and 1900, which includes the Victorian era, the Civil War and the postwar Reconstruction years. e house stayed in the Kelton family until Grace Kelton, Fernando and Sophia's grand- daughter, died in 1975 and willed the estate to the Columbus Foun- dation with the direction to use it for educational purposes. Inside, guests will see a huge array of family antiques and arti- facts, including a piece of Victorian hair jewelry, as they explore the four rooms on the main level, the bedrooms upstairs and the Under- ground Railroad Learning Station on the lower level. Because histori- ans "don't know exactly where they hid [fl eeing slaves], we created an area in the basement root cellar to give visitors an idea," Reuter said. The back parlor at Kelton House Museum & Garden U N D E R G R O U D Courtesy Kelton House Museum and Garden

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