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Restore the James E. and Sarah Bogue Bonine House as an outstanding example of Victorian domestic architecture.  Create an education and community events center in the Bonine House, with a focus on the role local Quakers, Free Black pioneers, and other abolitionists played in the Cass County UGRR and its legacy.

Restore the Bonine Carriage House as a community period farm museum and station on the Underground Railroad. 

Restore the outside and interpret the Stephen and Hannah East Bogue House as it looked in the 1830's when they started sheltering freedom seekers in their attic; and tell the story of freedom seeker Perry Sanford and his role in the 1847 Kentucky Slave Raid.

Preserve Brownsville School #1 as a legacy of UGRR in Calvin Township

Brownsville School #1  20559 Osborn St. Cassopolis

Press release:

One-Room School To Be Restored by Friends of Brownsville School

Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC) has recently purchased Brownsville School #1, 20559 Osborn St. in Cassopolis, MI.  This Calvin Township one-room schoolhouse was built in the early 1840's, and was integrated from the day it opened, until it closed in 1957, making Brownsville #1 among the longest integrated public school in Michigan, and perhaps the first one.  Friends of Brownsville School (FBS) has been formed to carry out this project, chaired by Jennifer Ray, retired Cass District Library Director.  

Visitors can tour the Bonine House, Bonine Carriage House and Bogue House June through September,  Monday-Friday, 2 pm - 5 pm.  D​ocents will tell you the  history of each site. Contact us to arrange private tours.

​URSCC Annual Events are:
Cass County UGRR Wax Museum at the Bonine House --
Late Spring or early Summer
Underground Railroad Days --
 Second weekend in July
Christmas at the Bonine House --
December 1 thru 14

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We've Come a Long Way!

Mrs. Leach class

The Kentucky Raid

In 1847 black and white residents of Vandalia and Cassopolis stood up and stopped thirteen slave catchers from taking nine kidnapped slaves back to Kentucky.  They showed great courage and determination in stopping what they saw as a grave injustice.  Freedom seekers were allowed to testify in court and won. 

When we encounter bigotry, intolerance and injustice we must find our own courage to do what is right -- 

Take a Stand! Testify!

Mr. Scott class

​​The Stephen  Bogue House at M-60 and Crooked Creek Rd. 


For more photos and updates on the Bonine House restoration, click here

For Carriage House restoration photos and updates, click here


Wax Musuem 2024

​Sam Adams 5th Grades

Click on the poster to download a printable version.

Mrs. Tolbert class

Click here to see URSCC PowerPoint "URSCC Mission and How We Fulfill It" (2024 - 8 mins)

To take a video tour of 

Christmas at the Bonine House

click here.

Take a Stand! Testify! 


Take the URSCC self-guided driving tour of 20  UGRR sites within four miles of Vandalia, MI.   Click here. to view the tour and download a printable map.  Maps are also available at the UGRR Historical Marker in MIlo Barnes Park on M-60 in Vandalia.  The tour takes about an hour if you don't stop to explore. 


Take a look at the First Look!

The Bonine House in 2011

Click Here to learn about

the Underground Railroad in Cass County MI.

Watch our URSCC Powerpoints
"The Underground Railroad in Cass County MI"

"The Bonine House--A Legacy of Freedom"

​​Tour the Bonine House, Carriage House and Bogue House

Read UGRR Books by Cindy Yawkey

Explore resources for UGRR Wax Museum students



​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  

URSCC Mission

To research and educate about the Underground Railroad and its legacy in Cass County, Michigan; and to restore four buildings as focal points for telling this story.