George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation

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The beautiful mansion is an irreplaceable piece of Central New York history! Conveying an air of style and historic elegance, this venue is the perfect place to highlight your unique flair.

George and Rebecca Barnes built the mansion in 1853. Their home was a center of civic-minded activity in Syracuse, New York. George and Rebecca Barnes were dedicated abolitionists and often placed themselves in danger to help a slave flee to safety. The mansion played a key role in the abolitionist movement in Syracuse, and has been recognized as one of the stops along the Underground Railroad, Freedom Trail. George and Rebecca held many meetings in the house and oral history supports that they hid slaves during their long journey north, often having them hide in the basement and carriage house until safe passage could be found.

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