Wabaunsee

Founded in 1855, Wabaunsee was founded by New Haven, Connecticut settlers. Connecticut settlers were inspired by abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher. Beecher had rifles smuggled in through pro-slavery states, hiding the rifles in crates marked “Beecher’s Bibles.” Wabaunsee was staunchly anti-slavery and became part of the Underground Railroad in 1856. The colonists joined with earlier settlers and founded a church in Wabaunsee in late June 1857. Now called the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, visitors can visit and tour the church today or attend services on Sunday.

Today, Wabaunsee can be found along the Native Stone Scenic Byway!

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