A Farmington burial ground has been added to a collection of sites nation-wide that are recognized for their importance in the Underground Railroad, a network that helped slaves escape to "free" U.S. states and Canada.
According to the program website, the National Park Service's Network to Freedom will "coordinate preservation and education efforts nationwide and integrate local historical places, museums, and interpretive programs associated with the Underground Railroad into a mosaic of community, regional, and national stories."
The Quaker Cemetery at Gill and Cortland is the final resting place of Nathan Power, son of Farmington founder Arthur Power, and a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. He and other abolitionists provided slaves with safe places to stay, food and other supplies.
If you're looking for something to do today, stop by the cemetery and hunt for Power's grave marker. Or take the more conventional route, and follow the links below to learn more about other events happening today, along with a list of events for which you'll need to register or buy tickets if you want to attend them later this week:
- Donate Shoes 4 BDF Cat Rescue Fundraiser (all day)
- Dubin Cleaners & Laundry Winter Warmth Campaign (all day)
- Pumpkin Patch OPEN! (2 p.m.-8 p.m.)
- Farmington Rotary Lunch (11:45 a.m.)
- Healthy Fall Events: Botsford Hospital and Busch's Fresh Food Market Team Up (Nutritional workshop: Smart Substitutions - 6 p.m.)
- One Step Aweigh meetings (7 p.m.)
- Model Photography Shoot (Wednesday)
- Adult Characteristics of Giftedness: Can you be Cured? (Thursday)
- The Dixie Swim Club at Farmington Players (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- Hayride Central at Heritage Park (Friday - registration not required, but strongly recommended)
- Scout Days at the Nature Center (Saturday)
- Labyrinth Walk in Heritage Park (Sunday - registration not required, but recommended)