2010 SYM Fiddle II 125

So sorry, Tracy, I only just now saw this post asking for more iomorfatinn about underground railroad activty in Malone, months after you wrote. When I was there in August 2005, our little group took a walking tour of the town, and we stopped at the Congregational Church that the Wilders attended. The pastor there gave a talk about the church's history, which included its role as a last stop on the underground railroad before Canada. There is a tunnel in the earthen floor basement that I stood in the opening of (going through it would have involved crawling on my stomach, which I was not about to try; it was eerie enough just to climb down into the opening!), as well as a formerly hidden room that was now open. My son has CP and was using his wheelchair that day, but the pastor insisted on carrying him down the steep basement steps so that he could see the tunnel and the room with the rest of us; he felt very strongly that this was a piece of the area's history that people should know about. Later, as we continued our walk through Malone, our guide pointed out a few houses in which similar evidence of underground railroad activity had been discovered during recent renovation projects.It was all so very, very interesting, and it led me to wonder whether the Wilders were involved, and if they were, would Almanzo have known about it? I suspect that as a prominent, prosperous man, Mr. Wilder (and maybe Royal) probably would have been involved, but that as the youngest child in the family at that time, Almanzo would likely have been shielded him from any knowlege of their involvement, for safety if nothing else. Just my speculations, but don't we wish we could know for sure?