29 Historic Places For Black History Month: Harriet Tubman House

Harriet Tubman House

February 15th, 2016



Harriet Tubman Home (Residence) Reconstructed with brick after it was demolished due to abandoned nature (Present day)

why was it historic? 

    >        I’m sure we’ve all heard about the Abolitionist leader of the late 19th & early 20th century. The woman they called “Moses” because she help lead her people out of bondage. Yes, i’m talking about Harriet Tubman. The woman who escaped Slavery & made roughly 20 trips from the North to the South in order to free as many people as she could, this number would be in the hundreds. Using the Underground Railroad (an Abolitionist system of trails and hideouts for Blacks fleeing to the North) in 1856 Harriet Tubman and her family Resettled in Auburn, NY. Where she was given a modest two story home by Friend and NY State Senator William Seward, who eventually sold her the home for a lower than market price.

    >       Harriet Tubman helped the Union Army on several occasions as a spy & nurse, in 1863 she met a Union soldier Nelson Davis whom she would eventually marry. In 1896, Harriet purchased 25 acres of land on & surrounding the home that she owned. She struggled to pay for the property so she rented out some land for the AME Church to help pay for the property (1903). In 1908, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of opening up a home for elderly Black men & Women called The Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged. Harriet went from managing the the Elderly Home to becoming a client where she lived from 1911 until her death. There were 3 main properties that stood while Harriet was alive Her Residence, The Home for the Aged & The AME Church). The property fell on hard times due to disrepair and abandonment but was restored after it was forced to be demolished by the city of Auburn. Funds were raised and today it stands as a museum and window into the past of one of America’s most heroic Women regardless of Color.


Location: 180 South Street Auburn, NY 13201

Then photo:

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Harriet Tubman home for the aged Circa. 1940’s

Now Photo:

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Harriet Tubman Home for the aged. Present Day


>        When we speak of the Harriet Tubman House in this blog, we’re basically referencing the 3 main fixtures on the property at the time of her death. She lived in the two story Building that she brought from then Senator William Seward of NY. Built the Home for the Aged, and rented out land to the AME Church who built a place of worship. This property is in my opinion sacred ground. To imagine all that she was able to accomplish in her life, think about all of the true hardships. She lived her life constantly giving back to others, she only stood a mere 5 feet tall. Height aside this lady was a living, breathing Giant. #Thankyou.



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