Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Caroline County Visitor Center
— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
With more free than enslaved blacks and a sympathetic Quaker population, Caroline County was a hotbed of Underground Railroad activity until slavery was abolished in Maryland in 1864.
Slaves, freemen of color, and whites often came in contact with each other at bustling wharves along the Choptank River and mills where wheat was ground. This mingling enabled a flow of news, gossip, and secret information about people who would assist freedom seekers on their journeys north. Harriet Tubman's parents were accused of being involved with these underground activities before she rescued them from their home at Poplar Neck.
Along the byway, you will find a number of buildings from that era, including the home of freeman James Webb, the Linchester Mill, Jacob Leverton's safe house, and the slave quarter where the Still family lived before fleeing around 1806. The Still's youngest son William was born free in New Jersey and worked in Philadelphia for an organization that helped escaped slaves. It was there that William first met his own brother Peter who had been sold to the Deep South years before.
Right: William Still compiled his meticulous records and vivid descriptions of the experiences of more than 1,000 escaped slaves in The Underground Railroad (1871) one of the most important books on American slavery.
Erected by America's Byways; Maryland Heritage Area Authority. (Marker Number 33.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and the Quakerism series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 38° 53.29′ N, 75° 50.219′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Crouse Park Lane west of Gay Street (Maryland Route 404), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3 Crouse Park Ln, Denton MD 21629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Moses and the Hounds (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Denton Arrests (about 400 feet away); Choptank River Heritage Center (about 700 feet away); Hubs of Activity (about 700 feet away); Steamboats on the Choptank River (about 800 feet away); Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at Denton (about 800 feet away); Great Wars of World Conflict (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Carney (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 251 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.