Ridgely in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
Hundreds of acres of white oak, black walnut, poplar, hickory and sweet gum trees, located near river transportation provided income to local landowners. Harriet Tubman and her father Ben Ross not only graded and harvested timber, but Harriet also learned lessons for living off the land.
Little things, learned by living close to nature, spelled success or failure on the Underground Railroad. Freedom seekers applied their practical knowledge to survive. Fruit trees offered food. Greenbrier thickets ripped clothes and scratched bodies. Spiked sweet gum balls pierced hurried feet, but the tree’s resin soothed painful wounds.
Walk the trails ahead and enter the natural lifeline that helped or hindered the flight to freedom. LEFT: The spiny fruit of sweet gum tree is easy to recognize. A pioneer tree, sweet gum often sprout in areas that have been logged.
Topics and series. This historical marker is Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series list.
Location. 38° 57.216′ N, 75° 56.016′ W. Marker is in Ridgely, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Eveland Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely MD 21660, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frederick Douglass (approx. 2.6 miles away); St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); St. Joseph’s Church (approx. 4˝ miles away); Neck Meeting House Native Garden (approx. 6˝ miles away); Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House (approx. 6˝ miles away); Neck Meeting House (approx. 6˝ miles away); Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at Denton (approx. 6.8 miles away); Choptank River Heritage Center (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on February 7, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 7, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.