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Home of Dexter Jerauld

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img dexter jerauldDexter Jerauld, part owner of the Cataract House, constructed this elegant Gothic Revival structure sometime before 1867 and perhaps as early as the 1840s. In 1836, Dexter R. Jerauld married Angeline Whitney (1847-1857), daughter of Parkhurst and Celinda Whitney. Two African Americans, Margaret Truss and Sarah Brown, lived in the Jerauld household in 1860. As part owner of the Cataract House, Dexter Ray Jerauld hired dozens of African Americans, most as waiters and cooks in the hotel, many of whom had escaped from slavery. Living only one block from the Cataract House, he interacted daily with staff and clientele. He was certainly aware of Underground Railroad activities associated with the Cataract House.

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