Lucy Depp Park

"Established Underground Railroad 1835"

Abraham Depp Freedom Station

In 1835 freed slave Abram Depp brought his family from Virginia and settled on 300 acres in Concord Township purchased from Joseph Sullivant . Upon settling this land, Abram established a Baptist church and an Underground Railroad station using a limestone cave along the Scioto River (since flooded in 1925 by the O'Shaughnessy Resevoir) to hide the runaway slaves until a bell was rung at the barn on the property signaling the all clear. The Depp Family Settlement grew to 1500 acres in Southern Delaware County, Union and Franklin Counties. Abram had 3 children with his first wife Mary, who passed on the trip to Ohio from Virginia. Their son Aurelius attended Oberlin College and later joined the 27th Ohio Colored Troops and fought in the Civil War. Abram had six children with second wife China, one of whom was Lucy Depp Whyte. Upon Abram's passing Lucy went to live with a nephew, Robert Goode. Robert lived on this property and named it Lucy Depp Park in 1932. He turned Lucy Depp Park into a summer resort for affluent African Americans encouraging building summer cottages and some permanent homes. 

The Bell

The original bell sits on the property today. The bell was rung to signal the all clear to slaves hiding in the caves along the Scioto River.

Historical Site

In 2015 The Lucy Depp Settlement received a historical marker and in 2016 the property received a historical marker for the Under Ground Railroad.

Lucy Depp Park

Lucy Depp Park was established in 1932 by

Robert Goode who marketed the park as a summer retreat for affluent African Americans. Boxer Joe Lewis once stayed here. The barn was the center of the community hosting many gatherings and is used today for community events.

Barn available for Use

The Barn at Lucy Depp is available for use by Lucy Depp Residents, Former residents and ancestors of Lucy Depp  for small to medium gatherings. The barn will hold/seat 50-70 people inside and over 100 using the outdoor spaces as well. Please call Dawn if interested in using the barn for your family event. 


Abraham Depp Elementary

In the fall of 2020, Dublin City Schools opened Abraham Depp Elementary in Jerome Village.  Lucy Depp Park welcomes the educational opportunities in the future.   

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