Howland, Slocum

Slocum Howland was the patriarch of a Quaker family based in Sherwood, New York, that played key roles in reform movements including abolitionism and woman’s rights. He was also a very active conductor on the Underground Railroad, using his diverse resources (including a store, tenant houses, and a Cayuga Lake port facility) to help escaping slaves reach Canada or, if they preferred, make new homes in Cayuga County.

In 1837 he built a store in Sherwood that became an important station on the Underground Railroad and the heart of a Quaker hamlet active in liberal social causes.

Because of its importance, the entire hamlet, known as the Sherwood Equal Rights Historic District, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.