When the pioneers came out to Hudson from New England, they brought a hatred of slavery with them. As Congregationalists, they abhorred the concept of owning another human being. Fugitive slaves found a safe if temporary haven in the town David Hudson founded in Ohio’s Western Reserve. The highly illegal activity that we call the Underground Railroad had to be conducted with absolute secrecy: thus we may never know the full extent of the town’s involvement. Hudson is fortunate to have many buildings still standing that have ties to the anti-slavery movement and in particular to the Underground Railroad.