underground railroad

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, West Village 

95 Barrow Street, Underground Railroad NYC, West Village townhouse, Murray Louis Dance Company, Laura Kirar

Over the weekend, 6sqft brought you a listing for a charmingly historic upstate house that was once an Underground Railroad safe house. With its location on sprawling land in a small town, this makes sense, but even houses in bustling New York City played a role in the historic story. There was the 1830s historic mansion at 45 Grove Street, and there’s this 1847 West Village townhouse at 95 Barrow Street.

The Post reports that the home, now on the rental market for $21,900 a month, was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The three-bedroom residence retains its historic details in the form of exposed brick walls galore, wooden beamed ceilings, and original wide-plank pine floors. But it’s also recently undergone a gut renovation that added modern amenities such as radiant heat flooring (and sidewalk!), a chic kitchen, and lots of custom built-ins.

Check it out

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

$350K Catskills Colonial Was an Underground Railroad Safe House

Built in 1795 in a “central chimney, post and Beam Colonial style,” this home in the Catskills village of Andes was originally used as a tavern. It then had lives as a farmhouse, meeting house during the Anti-Rent War (a tenants’ revolt in the early 19th century), and, most impressively, a safe house for the Underground Railroad (h/t CIRCA). In its most recent incarnation, it’s served as a private home, with the current owners preserving its historic integrity, including five fireplaces, beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, and .62 acres of conservation land. They’ve now listed the property for $350,000. Check it all out

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