Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Walking / People Mover Tour

All Aboard the famous train without tracks

Saturdays: Jul 19, 26; Aug 16; Sep 20 (Sold Out) / 7 PM to 10 PM / $30 Adults, $20 

Tours depart promptly from corner of Beaubien & Monroe, in front of Greektown PeopleMover Station exit stairs


 REAL DEAL:  *Use discount code *RealDeal* when ordering online or via phone and SAVE 10% off tickets. (RealDeal valid through Sep 19, 2014. Discount not valid with other discounts or special offers).

Group rates available for parties of 12 or more. Call for details


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“What an informative and interesting tour tonight! The historic “actors” really added a touch of reality as we walked the stops and history of the Underground Railroad. I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family!”  Lynn, Dearborn Heights

“You did a terrific job.  The four of us enjoyed the Underground Railroad tour very much. The actors, the timing, the incredible research that went into this tour – all were top notch. We have been raving about this tour since and have encouraged other friends to take it.” Carol, Grosse Pointe

Narrator Karin Risko stands In front of historical marker where William Webb house once stood on a very rainy night.

Narrator Karin Risko stands In front of historical marker where William Webb house once stood on a very rainy night.

Join us and travel throughout Midnight, code for Detroit, to retrace the steps of Freedom Seekers at this important, final stop on the long and treacherous journey to freedom.

Follow our  lantern-carrying guide around town and hear the incredible stories of the brave people who risked their lives escaping the horrors of slavery in search of freedom across the river in Canada, prominent abolitionists who aided them, and influential politicians, who courageously raised their voices against oppressive ideology, and changed the course of history.

Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Tour is more “experience” than tour. 

Discover the role our courts played in enforcing the unpopular fugitive slave laws and how local episodes of popular resistance impacted the entire nation.

New this year!

Sit in the dark, isolated Croghan Street Station an authentic safe house located in the basement of historic Second Baptist Church and experience firsthand the frightening conditions Freedom Seekers endured during their long journey to freedom.

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Frederick Douglass/John Brown meeting spot, Finney hotel and barn, and section of town where the horrific race riot of 1863, “the bloodiest day that ever dawned upon Detroit” erupted are just a few of the stops on this tour.

You never know what influential people may be in town on the night of our tours. Perhaps you’ll see Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, George DeBaptiste, Seymour Finney, Laura Haviland, or Senator Howard.

Long underplayed or never told, Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad and the abolition movement is one of many Detroit stories that begs to be told!

Important: Minimum participants are required for all tours. Hometown History Tours reserves the right to cancel tours when minimum participant requirements are not met. While we welcome same day registration if space permits, please call us in advance to make sure tour is a go.

This is a walking/people mover tour with emphasis on walking. Wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather. 

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From Belle Isle to Eight Mile, down Woodward Avenue – an original American byway  and site of the nation’s first mile of concrete highway, to Gate 4 of Ford’s infamous Rouge Plant bridge to the Gateway to Freedom at the river’s edge, Hometown History Tours reveals the stories of Detroit that beg to be told.

Cast members Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Tour (L-R) Charles Little, NaKeesha Hayes, Jim Barfuss.

Cast members Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Tour (L-R) Charles Little, NaKeesha Hayes, Jim Barfuss.

 

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6 responses »

  1. […] Labor Day weekend) if needed plus some afternoon performances? (Check out schedule and tour details here). Also, I’ll be pitching this tour to schools, youth groups, churches, so we may end up with […]

  2. […] Underground Railroad played a pivotal role in American history providing a route to freedom for many enslaved Africans.  Not actually a railroad it was a series of safe houses, and points of guidance and assistance […]

  3. I toured with the best tonight along Detroit’s Underground Railroad! This company was well organized, reasonably priced, incredibly knowledgeable, and the actors portraying historical giants along the way were talented in song and role playing! Thank you for making my first trip to Detroit so memorable! I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed learning about this piece of important history through people portraying Living History.

  4. […] We also still have a role available for a white male to portray Senators Jacob Merritt Howard and Zachariah Chandler on Saturday night’s (Sep 7 – Sep 28) Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Lantern Tour.  […]

  5. […] Our Incredible Journey to Midnight: Detroit Underground Railroad Tour returns with our first tour of the season on July 19.  We are thrilled to incorporate an exciting new addition this year – access inside the historic Second Baptist Church safe house. […]

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