Lincheter Mill on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

While slavery flourished in many states during the mid-1800s, thousands of enslaved people sought freedom along a secret network of meeting points, trails, waterways and sanctuaries. This was the Underground Railroad, and Maryland, located on the border between North and South, played a prominent role.<br><br> Perhaps the Underground Railroad's most famous "conductor" was Harriet Tubman, born into slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore and called "the Moses of Her People." After escaping slavery in 1849, Tubman returned 13 times over the course of a decade to guide about 70 people to freedom. She was also a Union spy during the Civil War and became active in the women's suffrage movement.<br><br>

Visit some of the Eastern Shores' most pristine landscapes and waterways, many of which have remained untouched for nearly a century. Explore several of the sites along the 125-mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, including the Harriet Tubman Museum, Bucktown Village Store, Dorchester County Courthouse, Popular Neck and the Linchester Mill. visitmaryland.org

( Photo courtesy of Caroline Office of Tourism / June 19, 2008 )

While slavery flourished in many states during the mid-1800s, thousands of enslaved people sought freedom along a secret network of meeting points, trails, waterways and sanctuaries. This was the Underground Railroad, and Maryland, located on the border between North and South, played a prominent role.

Perhaps the Underground Railroad's most famous "conductor" was Harriet Tubman, born into slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore and called "the Moses of Her People." After escaping slavery in 1849, Tubman returned 13 times over the course of a decade to guide about 70 people to freedom. She was also a Union spy during the Civil War and became active in the women's suffrage movement.

Visit some of the Eastern Shores' most pristine landscapes and waterways, many of which have remained untouched for nearly a century. Explore several of the sites along the 125-mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, including the Harriet Tubman Museum, Bucktown Village Store, Dorchester County Courthouse, Popular Neck and the Linchester Mill. visitmaryland.org

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