14-15 | Unserheim
Salem, Ohio

Side A & B | Unserheim

Unserheim, meaning "Our Home" in German, is the name of this ante-bellum Queen Anne style home, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. From 1857-1878, it was home to Daniel Howell Hise, a Quaker and ardent abolitionist. On April 8, 1849, Hise wrote, "Welcome! Welcome to the protection I can give, with or without the law." A major stop on the Underground Railroad, Unserheim's secret rooms and tunnel provided shelter to slaves on their flight to freedom. Hise's belief in abolitionism was so strong that following John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry, he was instrumental in erecting the Edwin Coppock Monument at Hope Cemetery. Coppock had been executed for his participation in the raid. Hise also supported the Women's Rights Movement and opened Unserheim to such notable guests as famed suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth.

Sponsors: Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Salem Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society

2003

Notes

This is the only marker that is found in Salem proper—the largest city in the county. The house that this marker is attributed to is called the Unserheim (German for “Our Home”). It belonged to one of the most well-known citizens of the town—Daniel Howell Hise. He was a Quaker abolitionist. Hise hosted the likes of Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth in this house. For further study, The Salem Public Library has a file with Hise’s journals, that many locals use for reference.

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