Hidden away in the town of Mexico, NY is a pivotal stop from the Underground Railroad and a history that visitors still experience to this day.

Starr Clark moved to Mexico, NY in 1832. Married to Harriet Loomis Clark, and father to 8 children, Clark was a tin smith, and, thanks to a religious conversion in his youth, a staunch abolitionist.

Mexico, NY is geographically situated in a location that made it a prime place for the Underground Railroad to run through. Peaking during the Civil War, the Underground Railroad was an association of people who facilitated the escape of slaves from the south to Canada, where they would be free. In Mexico NY, Starr Clark was the main proponent of the local Underground Railroad. Clark provided escaped slaves with a place to live, and transportation to the next stop on the Railroad.

Throughout his life, Clark demonstrated his commitment to the abolitionist movement by producing petitions against slavery, forming Mexico’s first antislavery society, as well as advocating politically for the rights of freed slaves.

Today, Starr Clark’s Tin Shop is maintained by the town of Mexico, and includes a museum dedicated to the Underground Railroad. The shop is reported to be haunted, and is currently included as a stop on New York’s Haunted History Trail. The building has been investigated in the past, with observations of hearing voices, seeing lights, and witnesses reporting feeling touched. The town currently welcomes ghost hunters to investigate to find out more about the haunting history.

[Contributed By NY Shadow Chasers]