Built by Herbert H. Estes, a Civil War veteran and superintendent of the AuSable Horse Nail Co., in 2011 the home was restored to its original grandeur to serve as the home for the North Star Underground Railroad Museum. The Underground Railroad helped tens of thousands of slaves to freedom before the Civil War, and thousands came through the Lake Champlain Corridor to Canada. This museum brings to life that struggle for freedom as it played out in the Lake Champlain/Adirondack region.
What Communities Does This Facility Serve
Village of Keeseville
Town of Chesterfield
Town of Ausable
What Are The Stories Told In This Facility
The museum highlights stories of local people who helped escaping slaves get to freedom in Canada. Also, it focuses on stories of escaping slaves themselves. Don't miss the moving video story of former slave John Thomas, who decided to stay and became a successful farmer in the North Country.
What Are The “Don’t Miss” Experiences In This Community
Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH)
Northern New York American - Canadian Geonealogy Society
Season And Hours Open
Daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., late May to Columbus Day. Special tours available year-round.
Identify And Describe The Management Organization
North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association (NCUGRHA) was granted a charter by the New York State Department of Education and 501(c)(3) not for profit status in 2005. Our members give dramatic readings, lectures, and presentations in schools, colleges, and for the general public.