Delia Webster Valentine Tea for Children
Saturday, February 9, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m
Oldham County History Center
Delia Webster earned quite a reputation as a local conductor on the Underground Railroad. She had a passion for aiding Freedom Seekers who wanted a better life, even if it meant risking her own life. In honor of Black History Month, visitors to the Oldham County History Center will get the chance to meet Delia and learn more about her and her narrow escapes from the law on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. during Delia Webster Valentine Tea for Children. This program includes tea, lunch and crafts and is a great family activity for children, parents and grandparents.
An incident occurred in 1844 which made Delia Webster a house-hold name. She and Rev. Calvin Fairbank plotted to aid Lewis Hayden and his family to escape slavery. Their plot worked for the Haydens, but Delia and Fairbank were caught and tried separately. For his part, Fairbank received 15 years. Delia was convicted of “slave stealing” and sentenced to two years of hard labor in the state penitentiary. Her case attracted national attention as no one wanted to see a woman imprisoned. But this still did not stop her from aiding Freedom Seekers upon her release.
Delia was born Dec. 17, 1817 in Vergennes, Vermont. Well educated, she began teaching classes at the tender age of 12 to some of the younger students at the same school she attended, Vergennes Classical School. She settled in Lexington, Ky in July 1843 and took charge of running the Lexington Academy while slowly becoming involved in the Underground Railroad. This led her to aid the Hayden family in their search for freedom. She settled in Trimble County, Ky for a time where many slaves vanished soon after her arrival. Her work waned after the Civil War and she eventually moved to Des Moines, Iowa to live with her niece, Dr. Alice A. Goodrich. Delia died at her home on Jan. 18, 1904. Two highway markers were erected in Trimble County to tell her story.
Cost is $10 per person for Delia Webster Valentine Tea for Children. Registration is required. For more information or to make reservations please call (502) 222-0826.
Oldham County Historical Society
106 North Second Ave.
La Grange, KY 40031
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