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Putnam Underground Railroad Education (PURE) Center

The Putnam Underground Railroad Education (PURE) Center preserves local and national history and and serves as a testimony to the love, cooperation and faith that characterizes the history of Zanesville.

Prior to the Civil War, the New Englanders in Putnam organized the Muskingum County Anti-Slavery Society and the PURE Center is in the middle of abolitionist activity. The house is directly across the street from the George Guthrie House, a documented stop on the Underground Railroad. Diagonally across the street is the Putnam Presbyterian Church where the Reverand William Beecher (brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe) preached anti-slavery sermons.

The PURE Center provides a library collection about the Underground Railroad and Abolitionist movement and a museum with artifacts from Africa and the Civil War era. It is a landmark for the Putnam Historic District and southeast Ohio. The PURE Center operates educational programs, special events, and exhibits throughout the year and is a Freedom Station in partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.


Putnam Underground Railroad Education (PURE) Center
522 Woodlawn Avenue

Zanesville, Ohio 43701

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Local Number: (740) 450-3100

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Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Special Hours: Open Sundays in February 1-4 p.m.




Visitors: 3.00

Accepted Forms of Payment

Cash, Check



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