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Seventeen historical markers are being installed along the Tubman Byway.
Have you ever passed a place and wondered about those who walked there generations ago? Now you can find out. A series of 17 custom-designed, historical markers are being installed at sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway through Dorchester and Caroline Counties.
In Dorchester County, seven new markers (with five installed so far) are located at sites including Long Wharf in Cambridge, where captive Africans were unloaded during the early years of the slave trade; Stanley Institute in Cambridge, where four enslaved families made a daring escape for freedom in 1857 (pictured here); and Malone’s Church in Madison, close to where Harriet Tubman lived and worked with her father in the timber industry.
In Caroline County, 10 new markers can be found at sites along the Tubman Byway such as Choptank Landing in Preston, near where Harriet Tubman’s parents lived and worked; the home of Jacob and Hannah Leverton, Quakers who operated a safe house; and Linchester Mill, where free and enslaved blacks would have had the opportunity to meet and share secrets of the Underground Railroad.
Here's a complete list of the historical markers along the Tubman Byway in Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore:
Long Wharf, Cambridge
Harriet Tubman Museum, Cambridge
Stanley Institute, Cambridge
Malone's Church, Madison
Town of Madison
New Revived Church, Taylors Island
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Church Creek
Jacob and Hannah Leverton House, Preston
Linchester Mill, Preston
Choptank Landing, Preston
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Preston
Webb Cabin, Preston
William Still Center, Denton
Caroline County Courthouse, Denton
Tuckahoe Meeting House, Denton
Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely
Town of Greensboro
Find out more about all these sites.
One hundred years after her death in 1913, the new markers are part of a broader commemoration of Tubman, including the designation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County and the groundbreaking for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, also in Dorchester.
The signs were a project of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and were funded through grants from the National Scenic Byway Program and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
Celebrate Underground Railroad heritage at two events Oct. 5, 2013 on Maryland's Eastern Shore, in the area where Harriet Tubman spent the first 27 or so years of her life. The Nanticoke River Jamboree has a theme this year of "Waterway to Freedom" in honor of the centennial of Harriet Tubman's passing. The event features living history performers, re-enactors, demonstrations, family-friendly fun, and more. The second event is the East New Market Heritage Day, which celebrates African-American heritage and the story of the Rev. Samuel Green, an Underground Railroad agent who was born in the town of East New Market, Maryland. Find out more.
A new Audio Guide helps visitors experience stories of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in a dramatic and memorable way.
The Audio Guide, as well as an updated Tubman Byway map and guide, helps visitors and residents alike understand the fear, bravery, compassion, and cruelty that existed in the 1800s at sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a 125-mile, self-guided driving tour through Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Tubman was born in Dorchester County in the 1820s, and lived her first 27 or so years in the county as a slave, until she escaped to freedom in 1849. She returned to the Eastern Shore more than a dozen times, risking her life to lead family and friends to freedom.
The Audio Guide, developed by Audissey Guides in Boston, MA, brings to life stories of slavery and escape, cruelty and compassion. Soundtracks include dramatizations, storytelling, and commentary by experts, historians, and local community members. The Audio Guide complements the newly updated Finding a Way to Freedom Tubman Byway Map and Guide, which describes the more than 30 sites along the Tubman Byway. The Tubman Byway has been named one of the best driving tours in the nation by the Federal Highway Administration for its scenic beauty and significant history.
The guides have been produced during the Tubman Centennial year, marking 100 years since Harriet Tubman’s death in March 1913.
“This Audio Guide just takes my breath away. Hearing such moving stories of bravery dramatized with voices and sounds brings them so much closer to our reality and understanding,” said Amanda Fenstermaker, director of Dorchester County Tourism, which assists in developing the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. “And to listen to these stories while you’re standing on the very ground where Harriet Tubman and other freedom seekers walked—I think it will give people goosebumps.”
Fodor's, the well known publisher of travel guidebooks, shared "5 Reasons to Go to Maryland This Summer" on their blog, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway is one of them! Read the story at http://bit.ly/ZvSRs6 and scroll down to "Hit the Road."
In addition to fascinating history, the Byway's home on Maryland's Eastern Shore is also known for its scrumptious seafood (especially Maryland blue crabs, oyster, and rockfish), great boating, beautiful waterviews, and a slower and friendlier pace of life. The Byway spans two Maryland counties, Dorchester and Caroline. Find out more about visiting both these counties at TourDorchester.org and TourCaroline.com.
There will soon be even more reason to explore the Tubman Byway, as we near completion on our first-ever audio guide during this Harriet Tubman Centennial, marking 100 years since her passing. The audio guide brings the stories along the self-guided driving tour to life with vivid descriptions and sound effects, as well as interviews with Tubman experts and some of her relatives. When complete, the audio guide will be available for a nominal fee at the Dorchester County Visitor Center in Cambridge, Maryland. It will also be available for download on a computer or a mobile phone.
The guide is expected to be available to the public by early June. For details, call the Dorchester Visitor Center at 800.522.8687 or 410.228.1000.
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