Bartholomew Fussell (1794-1871) residence c. 1823

The Underground Railroad Story in Kennett Square, Chester County, PA

Bartholomew Fussell (1794-1871) residence c. 1823

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348, United States

Created By: Kennett Underground Railroad Center


735 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. Currently not open to the public.

Bartholomew Fussell was a Quaker physician who opened his home to fugitive slaves. He opened a Sabbath School for African American students when he lived in Baltimore, prior to moving to PA. This activity was illegal, but he did not waver in his belief that education should be available to all. He was an organizing member of the American Anti-Slavery Society and a member of LPFM. In addition to his abolitionist activities, he also championed the rights of women’s education, helping to found the first medical school for women, The Female Medical College of Philadelphia.

This farmhouse continued to shelter fugitives when next owned by *Sumner Stebbins and then *Chandler and Hannah Darlington.

EXIT from Fussell House at the traffic light.

RIGHT on E. Baltimore Pike (becomes one way E. State St.) into Kennett Square. Travel in left lane, proceeding .9 mile. Pass YMCA on left then a block up is S. Willow St.

• LEFT on S. Willow St.

Immediate RIGHT into parking area for S. Willow St. to view Harriet Tubman Mural.

This point of interest is part of the tour: The Underground Railroad Story in Kennett Square, Chester County, PA


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