History of Moscow

The Village of Moscow had its plat recorded in 1816 by owner Owen Davis.  The name of Moscow may have been from the officers of Napoleon's army who fled to the United States after his defeat at the Russian city.


Underground Railroad activities had a strong presence in the Village of Moscow.  Robert and Thomas Fee became Underground Railroad Conductors, with their homes as "stations" or "hiding places" for slaves as they crossed the Ohio River into freedom.  The "candle in the second story window" was a sign that it was clear to cross to freedom.  Tunnels under these homes created the escape route for the slaves to move from house to house and eventually travel northward.  The Fee Villa remains above the Moscow wharf which is still in place today as the public boat ramp, located at Broadway & Water Street.  The visible cobble-stones were put in place in 1882.