A piece of "underground" history in South Jersey

February 4, 2008 4:37:41 AM PST
At the end of a cul de sac in Lawnside, Camden County, one house is clearly different from the rest.The tiny Peter Mott House is a giant in African American history. Today, it is a well-preserved Underground Railroad safe house. Sixteen years ago, the Lawnside Historical Society narrowly saved it from the wrecking ball.

The Mott House was deeded over in a 1992 ceremony. But it took four years to raise money to save the building, which was falling apart.

It took five years more to get the house in shape for visitors. Today, you can hear the story of Peter Mott, the farmer who risked his life aiding runaway slaves.

Today, groups come from as far as Virginia to see the Peter Mott House. It is located just off the White Horse Pike, not far from Interstate 295.

It is open for visits Saturdays from noon to three and by appointment.

Click here to visit the Mott House website.

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