Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway (Maryland’s Eastern Shore)
Length: 125.0 mi / 201.2 km

Journeying back in time to pre-Civil War America, explore the secret network of trails, waterways and safe houses along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, used by enslaved people fleeing north to escape bondage.

Cambridge plays a starring role in the story of Harriet Tubman. An African-American abolitionist and humanitarian, Tubman earned the name "Moses of Her People" for helping around 70 fellow slaves to freedom along the “Underground Railroad" before the American Civil War. While exploring her story, enjoy pleasant dining, galleries and shopping in Cambridge.

  • Visitors Center at Sailwinds Park East
  • Dorchester County Courthouse

Once the site of slave auctions and trials

  • Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center

Dedicated to preserving Tubman’s legacy as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Explore the water trails of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge by kayak, home to the largest nesting population of Bald Eagles on the US East Coast.

Visit the village store where, as a teenager, Tubman performed her first act of defiance by attempting to help an enslaved person avoid capture. An overseer struck her head with a two-pound block of iron, leading to lifelong health issues.

East New Market
Enjoy antiquing and a self-guided walking tour of 18th, 19th and early 20th century architecture in the East New Market National Historic District; look for the Mt Zion United Methodist Church, whose original trustees included the Rev. Samuel Green, a free farmer and Underground Railroad agent.

Linchester Mill
Hunting Creek divides Dorchester and Caroline Counties. A series of water-powered grist and sawmills operated here from the 1680s until 1979. In addition to the mill, Linchester supported a general store, post office and homes. Mills and dams provided important crossing points over creeks for freedom seekers heading north through the county.

Choptank River Heritage Center
Enslaved African-Americans worked in shipyards here on the Choptank River. During the 1850s, steamboats loaded with freight and passengers made weekly departures to Baltimore. Underground Railroad conductor Hugh Hazlett boarded a steamboat here in 1858 to face trial and possible mob violence downriver in Cambridge. The challenges freedom seekers faced in trying to ford or cross rivers and streams, or hideaway on vessels that plied local waters, are highlighted here.

Adkins Arboretum
Tour this 400-acre native garden and preserve dedicated to promoting the appreciation and conservation of the region's native plants along five miles of paths featuring streams, meadows and rich bottom-land forest. The landscapes are reminiscent of those encountered by travelers along the Underground Railroad.

Possible Overnights: Cambridge, Maryland

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