Hauntings of the Underground Railroad

Hauntings of the Underground Railroad

Ghosts of the Midwest
Jane Simon Ammeson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/1/2017
Format: paper 210 pages, 49 b&w illus.
5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-0-253-02982-9
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Before the Civil War, a network of secret routes and safe houses crisscrossed the Midwest to help African Americans travel north to escape slavery. Although many slaves were able to escape to the safety of Canada, others met untimely deaths on the treacherous journey—and some of these unfortunates still linger, unable to rest in peace. In Hauntings of the Underground Railroad: Ghosts of the Midwest, Jane Simon Ammeson investigates unforgettable and chilling tales of these restless ghosts that still walk the night. This unique collection includes true and gruesome stories, like the story of a lost toddler who wanders the woods near the Story Inn, eternally searching for the mother torn from him by slave hunters, or the tale of the Hannah House, where an overturned oil lamp sparked a fire that trapped slaves hiding in the basement and burned them alive. Brave visitors who visit the house, which is now a bed and breakfast, claim they can still hear voices moaning and crying from the basement. Ammeson also includes incredible true stories of daring escapes and close calls on the Underground Railroad. A fascinating and spine-tingling glimpse into our past, Hauntings of the Underground Railroad will keep you up all night.

Author Bio

Jane Simon Ammeson is a freelance writer and photographer who specializes in travel, food, and personalities. She writes frequently for the Times of Northwest Indiana, Chicago Life Magazine, Edible Michiana, AAA Home & Away, Experience Curacao, Experience Rivera May, Nashville Tennessean and Cincinnati Enquirer. She is the author of Murders that Made Headlines: Crimes of Indiana, A Jazz Age Murder in Northwest Indiana, and East Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Phantom of the Cellar
2. Spirits of the Waters
3. Sold Down the River: The Reverse Underground Railroad
4. Lincoln Walks at Midnight
5. Outwitting the Devil
6. Ghostly Overload
7. A Room with a Ghoul
8. John Hunt Morgan
9. The Last Trip Home
10. Hauntings Along Michigan’s Underground Railroad Routes
11. The Conductor and the Slave: The Story of Levi Coffin and William Bush
12. Restless Spirits
13. There Should Be Ghosts!
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