Today we view them as heroes, but in the 19th century, they were breaking the law. Connecticut men and women helped escaped slaves move north on what has become known as the Underground Railroad. While many are unknown, some have their lives documented as part of the Freedom Trail.
Interested in a family or home documented as being on the Underground Railroad? There are some great sites available. Check out the Connecticut Museum Quest for a visitor's view. An old Hartford Courant article explains how a site was chosen for inclusion on the trail. And Historic Buildings of Connecticut explains the history of the houses.