“We devote all our time to the care of the oppressed who come among us. Our pay is small, but yet we are willing to continue to do what we can for them. We have arrivals every few days from Southern oppression, and forward them to the next depot …”
Stephen Myers, 1860
An outstanding artifact of the Anti-slavery and Underground Railroad period is the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence located at 194 Livingston Avenue in Albany, New York. As is known, Stephen and Harriet Myers were the point people in Albany regarding the Underground Railroad in the 1850’s. While they lived at a variety of buildings in Arbor Hill in the 1850’s, this is the only one that still stands. This location also has the distinction of being documentable through the flier that has survived from that period. The Vigilance Committee Flier, shown elsewhere on this site, along with other historic records document that this house was a headquarters for Underground Railroad activity in the mid 1850’s.
The building has suffered from serious neglect in recent years but Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region was able to purchase it in 2004. Since that time scores of volunteers have participated in work parties to bring the house back to what it was in the 1850’s and make this location a historic site where the community can come to to learn about the inspiring story of the Underground Railroad.
The exterior restoration is expected to cost more than a million dollars in the long run, but to date more than $800,000 has been raised through grants and contributions and invested in The Myers Residence. The project went out to bid for its first phase in the fall of 2007. Work commenced in 2008. After another two phases of exterior restoration, early 2015 saw the exterior restoration completed, except for the stairways to the first and ground floor levels. The stairway work will include the placement of a lift by the back first floor entryway for use by those who find navigating the eight steps an impediment to experiencing The Residence. Internal restoration is underway. If you want to help with this work of restoration contact Underground Railroad History Project and let us know.
To make a contribution to the project, please do so in the box below.
The Myer’s Residence is located at:
194 Livingston Avenue Albany, NY 12210
Open for tours from 5pm-8pm Monday through Friday and from 12pm-4pm Saturday. Closed on Sundays
Our staff is small, please call (518) 432-4432 before visiting
so we can be sure to be available. We look forward to your visit.
Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Children 12-5 years $5; under 5 years, free
Youth Group Tours – A 1hr experience is $5/student with 1 free adult for every 10 students
Adult Group Tours – to make arrangements contact Mary Liz Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (518) 432-4432
Gift shop is available on site
Sources of funding support for youth groups: http://www.eriecanalway.org/learn_teachers.htm and http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/grants/thv-explore-award/