Barnard Station - Home of Eusebious and Sarah Barnard

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Barnard Station - Home of Eusebius and Sarah Barnard

This historic farm in rural Chester County, Pennsylvania was once the home of Eusebius and Sarah Barnard in the 1800s. As Quakers they upheld the ideals of simplicity, truth, equality, and community. As abolitionists, the Barnard family opened their home to freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad. Eusebius Barnard, a progressive community leader, was involved in the founding of Longwood Progressive Meeting as well as a signer of the petition for the formation of Pocopson Township.

Friends of Barnard Station is excited to begin the journey of creating a new Heritage Center at the Barnard House. This Heritage Center will focus on the abolitionist movement and local area history preserving the integrity of the house and fostering greater appreciation of the role Pocopson Township played in American History. It is a story of heroism in a time of national strife.

UPDATE - January 2023
In November 2022, work began on the Preservation Plan. This included the creation of drawings of the Barnard House layout and location of changes made over the years. During January 2023, original doorways were located along with identification of an added closet and enclosed duct work. Demolition was done to return those items to their original state. To learn more and view photos, click here.

UPDATE - October 4, 2022
The National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom accepted the Eusebius Barnard House as a member. Friends of Barnard Station, along with Pocopson Township, are pleased to make this announcement. It is now officially recognized as Barnard Station.

Press Release: The National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom accepted the Eusebius Barnard House, owned by Pocopson Township and managed through collaboration with Friends of Barnard Station, as one of 17 new listings from the 44th round of applications, representing sites and programs in 13 states across the U.S. These new listings, alongside more than 700 sites, facilities, and programs already in the Network, provide insight into the diverse experiences of freedom seekers who bravely escaped slavery and allies who assisted them. Click to see full press release: Barnard Station Press Release

UPDATE - October 1, 2022
We were approved for a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) to complete a Preservation Plan so that we have an accurate foundation to finalize our plans for the restoration of the first floor of the house, where the new Heritage Center will be located. This official report, by a recognized historical preservation architect, will help with future grants that we pursue. Since this is a matching grant, we need financial help from the community to meet our portion. Each dollar donated will be matched by PHMC. During the summer of 2022 we executed a campaign to raise matching funds from the community.

We wish to thank the Phyllis Recca Foundation and all of our donors for their contributions that helped us complete our first $16,000 matching fund. Now we move forward to raise the remaining funds required for the PHMC grant. We are making great progress. Beyond that, we will continue to pursue contributions for future work to the first floor of the Heritage Center. Our work has just begun, but we are very thankful for all the community support. We are energized and excited to reach our ultimate goal, which is to open the Heritage Center.

UPDATE - September 30, 2022
Friends of Barnard Station will be having a final fall Open House on Sunday 10/16 from 11 am until 1 pm. After that, open houses will resume again in the spring. Learn more about Harriet Shepherd’s escape from bondage with the help of Thomas Garrett and the Barnard family of Pocopson Township at the new Welcome Center at Barnard.