Sandusky - The Pursuit of Freedom on the Underground Railroad

The Pursuit of Freedom on the Underground Railroad

(78 reviews)
Lakeside, Downtown in Sandusky, OH, Sandusky, United States
30 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

The Underground Railroad was a vast, covert network of safe houses offering sanctuary and protection for those escaping the brutal hardships of slavery in the mid-19th century. Sandusky, Ohio was an important destination at the end of one of these lines as a short passage across Lake Erie would secure a slave’s freedom in Canada. On this tour, we’ll visit some “stations” that harbored runaway slaves and discuss how a community of abolitionists and free blacks worked together to defy the law and fight injustice. Harriet Beecher Stowe took much inspiration from Sandusky for the setting of her groundbreaking abolitionist novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. *Note* In honor of February’s designation as Black History Month in the U.S., all tips received from this tour will be donated to the United Negro College Fund scholarship program.


Meet your local guide

Aaron Y.

Aaron's life has been nothing short of an adventure. Originally from Alaska, he crossed the continent to chase his big-city dreams of a career in theatre. "My greatest honor and achievement was appearing on Broadway in the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof. I’m constantly learning new, interesting things about NYC, but I’m keenest on the historical stories," he chips in. And New York City has popped up with unforgettable memories for Aaron, including singing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on National TV! Aaron's always loved travel and learning about my surroundings, wherever he is. "I’d also describe myself as a people-person, I love a good chat. All that considered, being a tour guide is an ideal job that feels like no work at all! " he laughs. His colleagues have often nicknamed him “Frommer” (of the travel guides) or “cruise director” due to his wanderlust and enthusiasm for sharing travel experiences with others. His favorite memories to date include a 4-month concert tour of Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic, and a single day on Easter Island while performing on a cruise ship. Aaron is eager to share with you the rich history of Brooklyn, NY where he currently resides, and the magic of Alaska during winter. If you're lucky, you might just catch him singing a show tune on his tours!

Aaron Y. has been guiding since Sep 2020


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Sandusky with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Sandusky. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Phil D.

28 February 2021

Only gave a So-so as I was unable to see much of the tour with time problems.

Cynthia W.

28 February 2021

Great tour. A little fast. The tour was filled with wonderful historical information..

C. Ramond _.

27 February 2021

Very personable

Kate K.

26 February 2021

Good for Aaron to be inspired to create this interesting tour!

Holly S.

25 February 2021

Great tour full of interesting stories and facts.


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