At the north edge of Topeka, Kansas at 3212 Rochester, the National Park Service certified the Owen house, 3212 N.W. Rochester Road, as a place that actually harbored slaves as they were escorted to freedom in Canada before the Civil War. This house still stands but is unoccupied and partially burned. The home was used as a trading post for the small community known as Rochester during the 1850s. In January, 1859, John Brown stopped with 12 Freedom Seekers and asked Olive Owen to fix breakfast for his party.