Nathan and Polly Johnson House

The Nathan and Polly Johnson House is a National Historic Landmark for its role as an Underground Railroad site and the first free home of Frederick Douglass. Nathan and Polly Johnson, African American entrepreneurs, were among the City’s best known abolitionists in the 19th century. Constructed in 1800, the Johnson House has recently been restored to its 1857 splendor.

Tours of New Bedford’s Underground Railroad, the Black Heritage Trail, and the Johnson House are given seasonally. Check the New Bedford Historical Society website at: for schedules. Tours of the house can be made by appointment.