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North Star Underground Railroad Museum

Lakes to Locks Passage Gateway Visitor and Heritage Centers
Estes House – Andrew Alberti

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.

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.

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)

AuSable Chasm

Northern New York American - Canadian Geonealogy Society

What Communities Does This Facility Serve

Village of Keeseville

Town of Chesterfield

Town of Ausable


Season And Hours Open

Daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., late May to Columbus Day. Special tours available year-round.