Near Church Creek in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
The 17 acres that for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park are surrounded by the 29,000 acre Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), the largest refuge within the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex. Established in 1933 for the protection of migratory birds, this Refuge also protects a landscape reminiscent of Tubman's time. Because there are few original structures or architectural remains, the landscape is the best connection to what Tubman witnessed and experienced during her time here. She lives on through the places she occupied. Blackwater NWR is a powerful visual reminder of the environment that shaped Tubman--the land she lived in, worked upon, escaped through, worshipped in, and returned to in order to help others seek freedom.
Let the landscapes evoke Tubman's memory by enjoying a walk, bike, paddle or drive through the refuge to view the breathtaking scenery and its wildlife. Some of this Refuge's public facilities are located on the accompanying map.
Erected by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Environment • Women. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series lists.
Location. 38° 26.969′ N, 76° 8.302′ W. Marker is near Church Creek, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker can be reached from Golden Hill Road south of Key Wallace Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek MD 21622, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (a few steps from this marker); The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Why Use Native Plants? (approx. 1.1 miles away); Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge-Taking Refuge from Slavery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Welcome to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pool One at Wildlife Drive (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Church Creek.
Also see . . . Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland. (Submitted on November 11, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on February 26, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.