Built in Germantown from 1765–68, the Johnson House functioned as a residence for five generations of the Johnson Family until the early 20th century. The Johnsons were active abolitionists and the house is documented as a site for Underground Railroad activities. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Johnson House interprets the story of the struggle for freedom. A 2013 Center grant to support historic preservation work will provide increased public access and structural stability for this significant site.
One of the most well preserved Underground Railroad sites east of the Ohio River, Germantown's Johnson House functioned as the residence for five generations of abolitionist Quakers. This National Historic Landmark will receive important repairs that will ultimately result in increased public access to the site and greater structural stability. The preservation work will address water damage, drainage solutions, interior repairs, and protection of the hardwood floors. While the buildings and grounds of the Johnson House Historic Site remain relatively unchanged since the 19th century, the enhancements will add to the authenticity of the visitor experience and allow better public access to various parts of the site, for ongoing interpretive programs.