By Richard E. Hart

For a number of years I have been curious about the possible presence of the Underground Railroad in Lincoln’s Springfield. As a child on Sunday afternoon drives west of Springfield, my parents pointed out the small village of Farmingdale and told me that there had once been an Underground Railroad station there. I later learned that in the nineteenth century, Farmingdale was known as Farmington1 and that indeed its reputation as an active station on the Underground Railroad could be documented.

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