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Highland Home
Highland Home
Ultrachrome print, text panel
20.75 x 28.5 inches
2016

Location: Logan County, near Zanesfield, Ohio

Duration: 1844-1844

Affiliation: Society for Universal Inquiry and Reform / Abolitionist Movement

“Do as you would be done by.”
- Residents of Highland Home explaining their worldview to A.J. MacDonald in 1844

“Do you make laws? No. Does the majority govern the minority? No. Have you any delegated power? No. Any kind of government? No. Do you express opinions and principles as a body? No. Have you any form of society or test for admission of members? No. Do you assist runaway slaves? Yes. Must you be Grahamites? No. Do you object to religionists? No. What are the terms of admission? The land is free to all; let those who want, come and use it. Any particular trades? No. Can persons take their earnings away with them when they leave? Yes.”
- The same residents of Highland Home answering A. J. MacDonald’s queries

Highland Home was the sister community of Prairie Home or the ‘Upper’ community as many referred to it. Four Hicksite Quaker families occupied Highland Home: the Browns, Micheners, Pennocks, and Taylors. There was a significant amount of industry on the land such as a stone quarry, lime kiln, sawmill, as well as large orchards. Unfortunately, without leaders there was never a clear idea as to what duties one should perform and when. The members were active students as well as laborers. One visitor found it unsettling to see “rude looking men, almost ragged ploughing, fence making or such like employments talking knowledgeably about phrenology, physicology, magnetism, and hydropathy.”

Reason for Demise: When Prairie Home disbanded, the Highland Home community may have decided to give up communitarianism and return to their individual farms.