Charles Townsend | Underground Railroad

On episode 11 of the Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast, we talk with Beaver County historian Charles Townsend about his family’s early abolitionist activism and the Underground Railroad in Beaver County.

 

On episode 11 of the Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast, we talk with Beaver County historian Charles Townsend about his family’s early abolitionist activism and the Underground Railroad in Beaver County.
This episode was recorded March 23, 2019 in New Brighton, Pa.  Host: Dave Holoweiko.  Guest: Charles Townsend.  Audiography: Kevin Farkas. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Rasic (“Isle of Flowers”), Thousand Words (“Acoustic Sun”).Other sounds (available on Youtube): Amherstburg Freedom Museum (“The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom EN”), Willie D Live (“Man Sings With His Grandmother and Shuts It Down!”). Other sounds (available at Bensound.com): Memories. ©Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc.  All rights reserved.
Charles Townsend III is a native of Beaver County, and one of its most ardent historians.  In 1999, he was one of the first to create a local website dedicated to Beaver County history.  Charles is also the founder and editor of Milestones: The Journal of Beaver County History, first published in 1975 by the Beaver County History and Landmarks Foundation.  
 
Charles is a descendant of the prominent Townsend family, who arrived in Beaver County in the early 1800s, establishing some of the county’s first and largest industries and businesses.  The Townsends were Quakers, and Charles’ great-great grandfather Milo Townsend and other family members were fierce abolitionists as early as the 1830s.  Along with others in the area who vowed to end slavery, acted as “conductors” of the region’s Underground Railroad, helping countless fugitive slaves find safe passage and freedom in Canada.   
 
Charles is a board member of the Beaver County History and Landmarks Foundation and the Little Beaver Historical Society.  
The Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast features stories and news about the Little Beaver Historical Society and local history of northern Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  The Little Beaver Historical Society is a non-profit organization located in Darlington, Pa.  The Society maintains three museums, an authentic log cabin, and working forge.

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