Transcribed Historical Markers, Cass County, MichiganUNDERGROUND RAILROAD
"Vandalia, prior to the Civil War, was the junction of two important 'lines' of the 'Underground Railroad'. Slaves fleeing through Indiana and Illinois came to Cass County, where Quakers and others gave them shelter. Fugitives seeking a refuge in Canada were guided to 'stations' to the east. Many stayed here and built a unique Negro rural colony. Slave-hunting by Kentuckians in 1847 led to legal action and increased North-South tensions."
Michigan Historical Commision registered site number 137.
(Additionally, the original schoolbell from 1875 is displayed in
front of the building).