: This home belonged to Thomas and Charity Rotch of Kendal (now Massillon), Ohio. Rotch, an early settler of the area, was a Quaker and a staunch abolitionist. The home features a secret staircase, which leads from the basement kitchen area to the second floor. It may have been used to hide fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad. The home, which Rotch called Spring Hill, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The photograph measures 8.5" by 11" (22 by 28 cm). Thomas Rotch (1767-1823) also served as a correspondent for the Committee on Indian Concerns. His wife, Charity Rotch, established the Charity School of Kendal, one of Ohio's first vocational schools, with her estate. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Civil Liberties; Religion in Ohio; Architecture; Houses; Underground Railroad; National Register of Historic Places Places
: Massillon (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)