245 N. Main St. | Site of John Markillie house​

​245 N. Main St. | Site of John Markillie House​

A photographer and ardent abolitionist, John Markillie (1814-1868) lived in a wood frame home at the current site of the Windstream office building parking lot on Main Street. Markillie's home is one of the few documented underground railroad stations in Hudson. Fellow abolitionist Lora Case (1811-1897) named Markillie a stationmaster to whom he often took his "passengers." 


"In July 1859 Wm. Folger started from his depot in Ravenna with seven passengers, instead of one, the usual number, aboard his train headed for the next station, which was my log cabin in Streetsboro. They arrived safely Friday at midnight with a cautionary signal that Uncle Sam with the Fugitive Slave Law was on track and to avoid a collision. I waited until Sunday P.M., then I started with them on my train for John Markilie's [sic] station in Hudson and saw them aboard his train for Johnson’s depot in Northfield. Johnson's train carried them safe to Cleveland and from there they went on a boat safe to freedom."

Lora Case, Hudson of long ago : progress of Hudson during the past century, personal reminiscences of an aged pioneer : reminiscences, written in 1897.