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Burlingame House
11930 Crown St., Eden (Randolph County)



Located 50 miles northwest of Carbondale and just east of Sparta, this two-story brick Greek Revival-style house dates to 1849. A. A. Burlingame, a local farm pump manufacturer, lived here through the 1850s and offered his residence as a refuge to escaped slaves along what became known as the Underground Railroad. Burlingame’s efforts to shelter and transport runaway slaves north as part of his business trips are an integral part of Illinois' antebellum history.


The house is an historic resource within the National Park Service’s proposed Mississippi Delta Region African-American Heritage Corridor. Vacant and for sale, the residence is in dire need of rehabilitation.


Photo 1: Courtesy of Arthur Insurance & Realty Services




Anyone interesting in conducting archival documentation of the site and researching the Underground Railroad in Randolph County should contact Don Wiley with the Randolph County Genealogical Society at dcwiley@egyptian.net.









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