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Eugene Pardee

The man that took Robert Taggarts place along the trail of homes was a New York native and lawyer named Eugene Pardee.  According to A Biographical Sketch of Lawyers in Wayne County “Opposition of slavery was one of the biggest purposes in Pardee’s life...and he probably made more speeches against it than any man in this part of the country”  His home was located west of what is now Massaro Ave. about 100 ft. back from the street. There was a driveway that ran from the house and to a red brick barn in back; this is where the slaves were hidden. This barn, sometimes referred to as a carriage house, was transformed into a home and still stands on 931 Pittsburgh Avenue.