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North Star Underground Railroad Museum

Historic Museums and Attractions
North Star Underground Railroad Museum at Ausable Chasm

The museum offers tours for groups year round, and can help design custom tours of Underground Railroad sites throughout the North Country.

Don't Miss This When Visiting

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.

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

Don Papson is president of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, which operates the museum.

The North Star Underground RR Museum is part of a network of organizations that highlight the region's role in the anti-slavery movement in northern New York before the Civil War. Other organizations include the John Brown Farm Heritage Site in Lake Placid, the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown and the community-based John Brown Lives!

Suggested Further Reading

North Country Underground Railroad Historial Association (

National Geographic (

Underground Railroad Conductor (

"Bound For Canaan," by Fergus M. Bordewich

"Chains," by Laurie Holse Anderson

"John Brown, Abolitionist," by David S. Reynolds

"John Brown," by W.E.B. DuBois


Season and Hours Open

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