Fifty-one middle school students and five teachers from Washington Montessori School experienced a recent tour of the Underground Railroad as it passed during the 19th century through sections of New Milford.

"The students were very engaging, attentive and respectful," said Deborah Calhoun, executive director of the Afrikan-American Cultural Awareness Association. "It was a pleasure to have them on this tour."

Among those who joined the April 16 tour were New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy, Ann Schillinger of the Housatonic Friends and Rob Burkhart, president of the New Milford Trust for Historic Preservation.

Underground Railroad stops were used by African-Americans seeking asylum from slavery during the middle years of the 19th century.

Students visited the Wanzer Barn at 79 Old Town Park Road, the Housatonic Friends meeting house along Danbury Road (Route 7 South), the Bostwick homestead on Grove Street, and, in the village center, the Geradus Roberts house on Whittlesey Avenue and the Nathaniel Taylor barn and the Cramer & Anderson law office building (formerly the Boardman Homestead) on Main Street.

The students finished their tour with a visit to the New Milford Historical Society.