Peek Into the Previous of two Columbus Abolitionists at the Kelton Home

Education coordinator Mary Oellermann plays the part of Sophia Kelton at the Kelton House.

Extra than 150 several years back, Sophia Stone Kelton and Fernando Cortez Kelton left the town and moved to the place for a quieter, safer place to rear their small children.

That country house is now squarely in the town at 586 E. City St. It is known as the Kelton Home Museum and Yard and presents site visitors a glimpse of relatives everyday living all through the Victorian era. Constructed in 1852, the property incorporates aspects of the Greek Revival and Italianate types of architecture. Significantly less apparent, however, is its top secret previous as a end alongside the Underground Railroad. That intimate record has now been substantiated and recorded by descendants of those people who had been concerned.

As community lore has it, the Keltons decided to shift outside the house of the city hub, which surrounded the condition capitol building and was rather unsanitary, following their son died of typhoid in 1848. They discovered a more bucolic scene on East Town Street, the place small else existed at the time.