Dobbin House, Gettysburg, Pa

Dobbin House, Gettysburg, Pa

Nestled in the historic town of Gettysburg, PA the Dobbin House Tavern invites visitors to dine in its hallowed halls. Waitresses dressed in period costumes serve dishes that resemble 1776 fair, although the menu has been modified to accommodate modern tastes.

http://www.dobbinhouse.com/history.htm

This is a must-see stop for those interested in the history of Gettysburg. Irish immigrant, Reverend Alexander Dobbin built the house in 1776, the year of the American Revolution.

Thirty-five years later, another revolution was starting in America. Emancipation of the slaves was on the hearts of abolitionist Americans. Many attempted to change the laws; a tedious process that would not be successful until the Civil War. Men like Alexander Dobbin defied those laws. In 1810 he constructed a hidden panel in a stairway wall where he could conceal runaway slaves.http://goo.gl/C0I1ej

Photo of wax figures representing slaves who hid in the secret room.

Photo of wax figures representing slaves who hid in the secret room.

Family members continued hiding slaves until the Civil War. After the battle at Gettysburg, the Dobbin House served as a  field hospital, caring for wounded soldiers from the North and South alike.

The Dobbin family risked their lives and property to help free American slaves. Their home was one of the first stops in Pennsylvania for runaways fleeing Maryland. They exemplify the many brave Americans who made sacrifices to bring civil rights to black Americans.

When you visit you can see the secret room where slaves like my character Moses, in Dark Enough to See the Stars, hid from slave catchers.https://goo.gl/9o13u3

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