Cassopolis Takes Firsts in Michigan History Day Finals!


Cassopolis Sam Adams Elementary School and Portage Angling Elementary School presented their versions of the Underground Railroad in Cass County at the Bonine House.


                           ​​Legacy 4H does planting at Historic Bonine House

                                                                               Some people wish it will happen
                                                                             Some people wait for it to happen
                                                                                  Legacy 4H makes it happen!

Is the motto for an extraordinary group of over 50 kids and adults, who descended on the historic James E. Bonine House at Penn Rd and M-60  in  Vandala on Saturday, June 22nd to plant the front yard with bushes and trees, and lay a flagstone walkway.

 Press Release 5/17/2015

The Village of Vandalia MI and the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County MI will partner for the sixth year to celebrate the heritage of the Underground Railroad in the area.  Hours are Saturday 11-7 pm and Sunday 11-5 pm in with activities centered around Milo Barnes park on M-60 in Vandalia.  There will be an “Opening Night” performance on Friday at 7 pm at Ross Beatty High School in Cassopolis featuring Dr. Von and Fran Washington in a dramatic reading of their new play about the UGRR “They Fought to Save Freedom.”
Saturday and Sunday feature guided tours of UGRR sites that tell the story of the Kentucky Raid, UGRR related displays and presentations in the Village Youth Center; music and poetry at the “Ramptown Cabin” in the park, a Civil War Living History encampment on the Village green, and a soul food dinner in the Village Hall. The historic Bonine House at Penn Rd and M-60 will be open for tours both days.  A community church service will be held in the park Sunday morning at 11 am.
Parking and all activities, except the dinner, are free of charge, donations are most appreciated. 


Dynisha Hackworth, shown here with coach, Felomina Patton, was selected as an alternate to the National History Day Finals in Washington D.C.

State Champions left to right, Kennady Brooks, Collin Bogue, Kendon Williams, Keith Porter and Anna Leach.

Press Release 4/27/2015

Cassopolis – The Sam Adams Team 5th grade team of Collin Bogue, Kennedy Brooks, Anna Leach, Keith Porter and Kendon Williams won first place in the Youth Group Performance Category for the their play, The Legacy of Nathan and Pamela Thomas. They also received a special award for the Best Entry in African American/People of African Descent World History (Sponsored by Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan in Partnership with Lansing Area Sister Cities Commission).


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​James E Bonine Carriage House M-60 and Calvin Center Road,across M-60 from Bonine House.  (Photo is from the back of the building.)

James E. Bonine House Corner of M-60 and Penn Rd., Vandalia, MI  49095 


Preserve and restore the James E. Bonine House and Carriage House as outstanding examples of Victorian domestic architecture.

Create a museum, learning center and community meeting house as the focal point for understanding the role Quaker, African-American and other abolitionist groups played in the Underground Railroad.

Create a cultural tourism destination for Underground Railroad enthusiasts that will bring visitors and tourism dollars into the community.

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​​​A Beautiful Christmas at the Bonine House

Click here to go to the Bonine House Christmas 2014
Enjoy photo galleries of the various rooms and a video!

URSCC Mission

The mission of the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC) is to provide a focal point for exploration into the origins and activities of the Underground Railroad; the unique role the people of Cass County and the surrounding region played throughout its existence, and how it impacted local, state and national history.

Underground Railroad Society

of Cass County, Michigan