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Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

Who We Are

The Levi Coffin Home is a National Historic Landmark and is operated by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. It has been named as one of the top 25 historic sites in the nation to visit. The house contains many original furniture pieces from the Newport community and the Coffin family.

Levi and Catharine Coffin were Quakers from North Carolina who opposed slavery and became very active with the Underground Railroad in Indiana. During the 20 years they lived in Newport (now Fountain City), they worked to provide transportation, shelter, food and clothing for hundreds of freedom seekers. Many of their stories are told in Levi Coffin’s 1876 memoir, Reminiscences.

In December 2016, the new interpretive center opened to the public. This new building houses the exhibit Souls Seeking Safety and helps to bring context to the work of the Coffins and the battle against slavery in the United States. The building also contains an orientation theater, gift shop and public restrooms.

What We Do

The 1839 house and the new interpretive center are open to individuals and groups for educational tours and research. The museum also carries out cataloguing and preservation of collections and other museum-related tasks.