Owen Lovejoy Homestead

Also known as: Underground Station
Peru St. (U.S. 6), Princeton, Illinois



Owen Lovejoy, an influential abolitionist politician, lived here from 1838 until his death in 1864. He used this home to harbor fugitive slaves on their way north and several times he faced prosecution in the courts for his role in the Underground Railroad. Elected to Congress in 1856, he gained a national reputation through his congressional and party leadership and fiery anti-slavery speeches on the floor of the House. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 18, 1997

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 1973
Reference number
NR name
Lovejoy, Owen, Homestead
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Ethnic Heritage - Black; Social History
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year