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Trailblazers, Freedom Seekers
& Abolitionists!

Their stories are the story of the Haines House . . .  an almost two-century-old home where the seminal struggle for American social justice took shape among the pioneers of the Ohio heartland.

Michal Barrett & Dalton Rininger Kline receive Check from Jerry Dannemiller

Friday, March 22nd was our . . .


AAPS secretary Michal Barrett and president Dalton Rininger Kline were presented a check for $12,700 from Jerry Dannemiller, Chief Marketing Officer of the Ohio History Connection. The award, from the highly-competitive and sought-after Ohio History Fund was one of 14 grants awarded this year, totaling $187,600.
These funds will go towards the $22,000+ project on the floor of the 1827 Grant Homestead-portion of the Haines House Underground Railroad Museum. Also attending was Andy Verhoff, Ohio History Fund & Outreach Manager of the State Historic Preservation Office.

The Ohio History Fund is largely supported through a checkoff on Ohio's income tax return. YOU can help other great groups such as ours by participating this (and every) tax season!

Tour the Haines House

The Alliance Area Preservation Society offers tours of the Haines House throughout the year. The House is open for drop-in tours the first weekend of every month March through November, and Sunday through Friday of Carnation Festival. A donation of $5.00 per person is requested, children under 10 are FREE. See schedule at right.

Tours by appointment are available by calling, at least 24-48 hrs. in advance,  Ann Hendel at 330-614-2714, or Robb Hyde at 330-257-5751, or by emailing A minimum of four persons or donation of $20 is requested for these tours.

2024 Tour Schedule

Open House Tours

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Three generations of Haines descendents in the Old Kitchen

Haines House is
a proud partner
of these programs

A member of the  NPS Network To Freedom
A member of the Ohio Historic Underground Railroad Trail

In 2004, the Haines House was recognized by the U. S. National Park Service as an Underground Railroad site in its Network to Freedom program after a review by a team of scholars and park officials—One of only two in Stark County.

In 2023, TourismOhio selected the Haines House  as one of fifteen sites in the State on its official Ohio Historic Underground Railroad Trail, commemorating Ohio's rich heritage as the Main Line of the UGRR.

What's Happening?

Our first major restoration project in two decades . . .

ric Johanessen's portico restoration from drawing from 1969
Eric Johannesen's original design for the portico

The Haines House Portico, Exterior Envelope and Kitchen Foundation Restoration Project will address major issues to secure the exterior integrity of the Haines House. It is being conducted in three phases. It began with the restoration of the house chimneys in Fall 2022.

This year we will be in full swing with the restoration of the signature front portico of the Haines House. The portico includes portions (primarily the pilasters) that were likely part of John Grant’s 1842 original construction, with the remainder being from Eric Johannesen’s reconstruction in 1969-70. Both are considered historically significant, as Johanessen’s preservation work included not only the Haines House, but preservation of Chapman Hall and Glamorgan Castle, and buildings throughout northeast Ohio and the Western Reserve in his 20-year role as Preservation Officer for the State of Ohio. 

The final phase of the project, foundation restoration of the southwest corner of the original 1827 house/old kitchen, will be completed in 2024.

What Our Visitors Say

“Wonderful historical home. Enjoyable tour experience. Knowledgeable tour guide. Highly recommend.”

Cindy Moser, Alliance


Calendar of Haines House Activities

—Land Acknowledgement—
The Board of Directors of the Alliance Area Preservation Society and the Haines House Underground Railroad Museum recognize that the Haines House occupies part of what was the traditional homeland of Iroquois and Delaware Nations. They lived here hundreds of years before John and Nancy Grant built the Haines House in 1828. We acknowledge the people who were stewards of this land and express our gratitude to them, and to their elders, past, present, and future.
We welcome dialogue and information about this statement and seek interaction with indigenous people in our area.
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