Amistad Memorial

165 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Austin F. Williams House and Carriage House

127 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032
Austin F. Williams House
Austin F. Williams House
Previous IMAGE 1 of 2 Next
View   Printer Friendly

Austin F. Williams (1805-1885), a leading abolitionist in town, had the carriage house on this property constructed as the primary home for the Mende Africans of La Amistad during their stay in Farmington. Shortly after, he built his own home and converted the first structure to a carriage house. The carriage house is also associated with the Underground Railroad. In the rear of the carriage house, a trap door leads to a windowless basement where fugitives could easily hide. One fugitive who came to the Williams family was Henry Davis. After escaping from slavery in Virginia, he is believed to have gone home again to help others escape – at the risk of losing his own freedom. He survived and returned to Farmington to live on the Williams property as a farmer and farm manager for 70 years. After the Civil War, Austin Williams headed a local branch of the Freedmen's Bureau, which sought jobs for emancipated former slaves.The property is designated a National Historic Landmark. This home is privately owned and not open to the public.

Sources:

Battell Chapel

Yale University, Elm and College Streets, New Haven, CT 06511

Canal House and Pitkin Basin

128 Garden Street, Farmington, CT 06032

Center Church on the Green

250 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Chauncey Brown House

820 Farmington Avenue, Route 4, Farmington, CT 06032

Farmington Historical Society

138 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032

First Church of Christ, Congregational

75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032

Freedom Schooner Amistad

Long Wharf Pier, 389 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511

Grove Street Cemetery

227 Grove Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Long Wharf

389 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511

New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

Norton House

11 Mountain Spring Road, Farmington, CT 06032

Old State House

800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103

Reverend Noah Porter House

116 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032

Riverside Cemetery

Garden Street, Farmington, CT 06032

Roger Sherman Baldwin Law Office Site

123 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Samuel Deming Store

2 Mill Lane, Farmington, CT 06032

Tapping Reeve Law School

Litchfield Historical Society, 82 South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759

U.S. Custom House

150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320

Union Hall

13 Church Street, Farmington, CT 06032

United Church on the Green

323 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06511

 
Related Links

Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
© 2017 Connecticut Freedom Trail | Site strategy & design by The Pita Group