As part of Black History Month, a house in central Iowa that was a refuge to runaway slaves is holding an educational open house today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday). The Jordan House in West Des Moines was a stop on the so-called underground railroad, and its role will be explained, according to Ed Wilson, president of the West Des Moines Historical Society.Wilson say the historical house, which is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl who once lived there decades ago, is packed with history and interesting stories.Wilson says the famous slavery opponent John Brown made several stops at the house to drop off slaves. He says the house’s role in being a stop on the underground railroad was clearly important and many of its secrets are still hidden. Many people remember tunnels in the basement though none have been found. The open house is free. The hours are 2 to 5 PM both days. For information, call (515) 225-1286.
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