Local group recognizes Underground Railroad home

A local group has been raising funds in order to place a new sign at a Tippecanoe County home.

Posted: Jun 2, 2018 11:55 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2018 11:49 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A local group has been raising funds in order to place a new sign at a Tippecanoe County home. The Daughters of the American Revolution group in Lafayette placed the sign at the Buddell Sleeper House Saturday. 

Kathy Cox invested months of her time into the sign. 

"Like reaching Mount Everest, it's been a long time coming," said Cox. 


That sign symbolic of integrity and freedom, shows her family's history.

"My own family roots, Buddle and Betsy Sleeper are my great great great grandparents," said Cox. 

From the outside, it looks like many farmhouses, but this one was part of the Underground Railroad system during the 1800's. It now stands alone.

"I think this is the only marked location as far as I know," said Cox. 

Cox read through old letters and notes, and finally she found the proof.

"This really happened, Buddle Sleeper, he's nodding his head "Yes, yes I had this wagon with the false bottom in it that I would put runaways underneath the sacks of wheat" and take them on to the next station."

News 18 stopped during the celebration to speak to the man who now lives in the Sleeper house. Hugh McGuire said he thinks about the history that surrounds him daily. 

"All the time, even though a lot of that aspect of it," said McGuire. "Because of evolution of the house, a lot of that is gone."

And after all the work that went into honoring the Sleeper home and family, Cox said her love of historical feats is what gets her up and going everyday.

"What drives me is all the people in my life that has instilled that sense of heritage and a love of history and the love of the Farmer's Institute Community," said Cox. 

A piece of love and history people will be able to admire for years to come.

"I'm kind of humble about it in the meantime I can't believe it's actually there," said McGuire. "everybody can come out and see it and enjoy it."

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