Hanby House

Hanby House

Hanby House

The home of Bishop William Hanby, active in the Underground Railroad, and son Benjamin, a famous songwriter, originally stood at the corner of Main and Grove where the Church of the Master stands today.

Fugitive slaves were hidden in the barn behind the home and brought in after dark to break bread with the family. Benjamin Hanby’s most famous ballad “Darling Nelly Gray” is based on a true tragic story of star-crossed lovers separated by slavery and death. He also wrote the popular holiday song “Up on the Housetop”.