MARLBORO TWP.: The Red House now belongs to the Marlboro Township Historical Society.

Historian Gloria Schreiber announced Tuesday that the nonprofit organization’s $25,000 bid was accepted by Fannie Mae, and the purchase of 12315 Marlboro Ave. NE will close at the end of July.

“We actually raised $12,000 in 11 days, and we cannot thank the community enough,” Schreiber said.

Schreiber said the first inspection with committee members is July 6, when they’ll receive a full report of the house’s needs.

“The interior is in good shape with no leaks, and we are looking to make immediate repairs to the property,” Schreiber said. “We are confident that we can continue to get community support.”

The home, once owned by K.G. Thomas, served as a location on the Underground Railroad. It contains a secret room on the second floor above an addition where fugitive slaves were hidden.

Schreiber said that the former owner had drywalled the room, but there is suspicion that once that is removed, officials will be able to observe evidence that slaves once hid there.

The historical society estimates the house was built in 1838.

“Marlboro Square will have its own historic house, and it will be a great thing for the whole area,” group Treasurer Cliff Sweitzer said.

Anyone wishing to volunteer or attend the group’s annual dinner on July 24 at Hartville Kitchen is asked to contact Sweitzer at 330-935-2862. The deadline for reservations is July 10.