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Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Moses and the Hounds

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

 
 
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By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
1. Moses and the Hounds Marker
Inscription. Growing up as a slave near Easton, MD, Moses Viney often heard, “The wild geese come from Canada, where all are free.“ When he was 23 years old, Moses learned he might be sold to a new owner in the Deep South. To avoid this fate, he and two friends escaped on Easter morning in April 1840. They swore they would make it to Canada or die trying.

Upon reaching the Choptank River, the trio attempted to cross a bridge near here. But the plantationís hounds were hot on their trail, trapping the men on the west (opposite) bank. Fortunately, Moses had anticipated this happening. Months before leaving, he had fed those dogs well and treated them kindly. When they charged at him, Moses greeted the pack and ordered them home. The hounds recognized their friend and obediently turned back. The three men then found a canoe, fashioned fence rails into oars, and safely crossed the river. They continued on to Philadelphia, where Moses received help from Rev. Alexander Wayman, an Underground Railroad agent and former Caroline County resident. He eventually reached upstate New York, where he lived out his days as a free man.

Dentonís waterfront is one of the historic sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. Explore this 125-mile road and follow Tubman and others in their quests for freedom. Learn more about the byway

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By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
2. Moses and the Hounds Marker
at www.HarrietTubmanByway.com Freedom-Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.298′ N, 75° 50.286′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Foot of Gay Street. Click for map. The marker is located in the G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Denton MD 21629, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Choptank River Heritage Center-Steal Away by River (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steamboats on the Choptank River (about 400 feet away); Hubs of Activity (about 400 feet away); Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at Denton (about 400 feet away); Nest of Traitors (about 500 feet away); Great Wars of World Conflict (approx. ľ mile away); On this spot Sept. 5, 1938 stood Franklin Delano Roosevelt (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caroline Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Denton.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
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By Don Morfe, October 29, 2014
3. Moses and the Hounds Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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