Hauntings of the Underground Railroad

Ghosts of the Midwest

by Jane Simon Ammeson

Published by: Indiana University Press

210 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in, 49 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253029829
  • Published: August 2017


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253031280
  • Published: August 2017


  • eBook
  • 9780253031297
  • Published: August 2017


  • eBook
  • 9780253033420
  • Published: August 2017


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.