Civil War & Reconstruction Trail to Freedom The Crafts Seek Freedom

The Crafts Seek Freedom

Ellen and William Craft were formerly enslaved in Georgia who escaped and traveled north via train and steamboat in 1848.  They traveled openly.  She posed as a white male planter since she was a light skinned mulatto and he as her servant.  They passed through Aquia Landing on their trip to Boston.  Later, they wrote a book about their escape.  They had five children.  Several years ago, Stafford County hosted their descendants to a reception at Stafford’s Administration Building.  They visited Aquia Landing to see where their ancestors passed through.