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Hitchcock, Reverend George B., House

Lewis, Iowa
County of Cass.
63788 567th Lane
National Register Number: 77000500
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: http://www.hitchcockhouse.org/.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 17, 2006):
The Rev. Geogre B. Hitchcock House is known for its association with the abolitionist reform movement and as a link in the network that came to be known as the Underground Railroad. The Hitchcock House is an outstanding example of a highly intact Underground Railroad site and its integrity and location represent the diversity of localized efforts in this movement. Its complements such existing National Historic Landmark properties as the Milton House in Wisconsin and the Johnson and LeMoyne houses in Pennsylvania. George B. Hitchcock was prominent among the militant anti-slavery leadership of the Congregational Church mission in western Iowa and it is believed he used his home in Lewis, Iowa, to assist in the safe passage of fugitive slaves through southwestern Iowa on their way east and north to freedom.

Deterioration has resulted from natural settlement of the house. Cracks were observed in the stone and mortar joints, which allowed moisture to penetrate and potentially cause more deterioration. The windows and window frames were also in poor condition due to wood rot. Recent Actions: Vernon Bascom Company, Inc., completed tuck pointing of all deteriorated joints and cracks in July 2006. Also, a local contractor has been recreating and installing windows and frames appropriate for the 1856 period of significance as funds allow.

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