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Within a two hour drive from WDC into the beautiful landscape of the eastern shore of Maryland located a national historical park named after Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret runaway routes and safe houses supported escaping slaves to states which abolished slavery as well as to Canada.
A 480-acre park commemorates the story and lifework of Harriet Tubman, a former slave, an abolitionist, and a conductor of the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War. After escaping slavery herself, Tubman risked her life to help enslaved people to escape to the north and their freedom.
The National Historical Park preserves the landscapes and waterways that Tubman used to free herself and others. The park is one of the stops in a 125 miles byway, a remarkable route encapsulating many milestones of Tubman and the slaves life in the area, such as the places where she grew up, slave auction block, abolitionists gathering spots, and other significant sites related to the slaves’ life and the Underground Railroad.
One of the most interesting stops is the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, where one can watch the introductory film, see videos and dioramas, and explore the exhibits. You can also stroll the legacy garden and enjoy the picnic facilities.
More in the area:
- Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center and the Mural of Tubman in Cambridge, MD.
- If you would like to explore the area on a guided tour, Harriet Tubman Tours in Cambridge, MD, operates three or six hours tour, exploring the area. Read the details here.
- Harriet Tubman Byway Route of 125 miles covering 30 points of interest related to Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
- Tubman statue in Salisbury.
Address: 4068 Golden Hill Rd, Church Creek, MD 21622, USAFree admission
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