Neighbors of historic site worry it will be sold and leveled

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The potential sale of a funeral home that once was a stop on the Underground Railroad has neighbors of the historic site in Ohio worried that it will be leveled to make room for apartments and condos.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( owner William Good and his wife, Susan Southwick-Good, are looking to sell the Southwick-Good & Fortkamp Funeral Chapel in Columbus’ Clintonville neighborhood. The funeral home contains the Clinton Chapel, which dates back to 1838.

The Ohio History Connection says the chapel was a stop on the network that helped escaped slaves to freedom. The building became a private residence and then housed a speakeasy before becoming a funeral home in the 1930s.

Good says the building has become “almost impossible to maintain” and taxes are high.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,