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LeMoyne House, Washington

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The F. Julius LeMoyne House is a historic house museum at 49 East Maiden Street in Washington, Pennsylvania. Built in 1812, it was the home of Dr. Francis Julius LeMoyne (1798–1897), an antislavery activist who used it as a stop on the Underground Railroad. LeMoyne also assisted in the education of freed slaves after the American Civil War, founding the historically black LeMoyne–Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. His house, now operated as a museum by the local historical society, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997. It is designated as a historic public landmark by the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation.
The LeMoyne House is located near the center of Washington, on the north side of East Maiden Street east of Shaefer Avenue. It is a three-story stone house built in the Greek Revival style. The front features two doorways, to allow for private and professional uses, and two entrance porticoes, one with columns and the other with pilasters. Long, narrow attic windows were added at a later date.
The house was built in 1812 by Dr. John LeMoyne, a French immigrant. His son, Dr. Francis Julius LeMoyne, lived here for most of his life, and also practiced medicine. In 1834, LeMoyne became active in the abolitionist movement, speaking and organizing on behalf of political solutions ot the problem of slavery. Although he was not a radical firebrand in the mold of William Lloyd Garrison, LeMoyne was a regional director of antislavery societies until about 1850. He is well documented to have sheltered fugitive slaves here in the years prior to the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, activities that likely continued but are much less well documented afterward. LeMoyne's socially progressive politics included support for establishment of the local library, the endowment of two professorships at Washington & Jefferson College, and the establishment of LeMoyne College in Memphis, Tennessee.
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  • Museum is in an old house, with 2 floors of great historical items. Get Chuck to give you the tour. He's most knowledgeable about everything in the place.  more »
  • Another must see if sightseeing in Washington Pa, so much history, like the bradford house. It's great to go during the Whiskey Rebellion festival.  more »
  • Wonderful historic home! Visited during whiskey rebellion so not as much spent as we would have liked. Definitely a trip back coming soon
  • Advertised as a stop on the Underground Railroad, very little stated about that, more of a general history site.

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